Closing Bell: “Take Back Gowanus” Forum

take back gowanus flyer

Several community groups dissatisfied with Brad Lander’s “Bridging Gowanus” planning meetings are organizing their own forum, called “Take Back Gowanus,” Wednesday night. Katia Kelly of Pardon Me for Asking writes that the purpose of the meeting is to “bring local residents, business owners, and manufacturers together for a true democratic discussion on the future of Gowanus. The goal of ‘Take Back Gowanus’ is to create a manifesto of what the community wants to see in the neighborhood they live and work in.” Neighbors and community groups felt that Lander’s meetings were “highly curated affairs” where facilitators stuck to scripts and didn’t engage in a real discussion, according to Kelly.

In contrast, tomorrow’s forum aims to foster a genuine conversation between the Gowanus community and city officials, according to the flyer.

Gowanus residents are worried that the Bridging Gowanus meetings will lead to the city rezoning the neighborhood from manufacturing to mixed use, allowing developers to build more housing and retail along the canal. Several allies are fighting to protect the city’s industrial business zones, which includes Gowanus, to keep jobs in those neighborhoods.

Organizations participating in tomorrow’s forum include Friends And Residents Of Greater GowanusVoice Of GowanusCarroll Gardens Coalition for Respectful Development, and Save Kentile. Anyone can attend. “Take Back Gowanus” will happen tomorrow at 7 pm at the Green Building at 425 Union Street at Bond Street.

Take Back Gowanus: A Truly Democratic-Led Forum on the Future of Gowanus This Wednesday [PMFA]

7 Comment

  • Please cover the soul destroying mega tower that could get built INSIDE brooklyn bridge park as well… bit.ly/savepier6. There aren’t enough schools created by the density of this mad real estate boom.

  • are these people morons? why wouldn’t they want these improvements in gowanus?! it’s a toxic dumping ground that’s getting cleaned up!

  • do not trust Brad Lander.. he is a phony progressive.. who wants to be Mayor and is licking the boots of the real estate industry

  • “Democratic And Transparent”

    what a bunch of publicity seeking morons

  • “Democratic and Transparent” is a dig at Brad Lander’s meetings. While I haven’t been to the Gowanus meetings, I have been to other community forums he has held, and the Gowanus folks’ beefs sound eerily familiar – a lot of window dressing about involving the community, while effectively telling said community to like it or lump it.
    For those who weren’t paying much attention, the cleaning up of the Gowanus is being engineered by the feds at the EPA. Some of the very same people organizing this meeting have been involved with the process from the get-go. Our local pols were ready to sell the development rights asap and do a much less thorough clean-up. So who are the morons? Those people who are informed and willing to fight for their own neighborhood, and the blue-collar industries within it, or those who are happy to sit it out, maybe glance at a blog post or two, and just let their all-knowing elected officials deal with it?
    But then again, why bother going to meetings yourself, or looking more deeply into this issue? It’s not like any of this will effect you, and it’s so much more satisfying to just make derisive comments about citizens who insist on getting involved in their communities.