Friday, November 21, 2014

Brad Lander's Critical AND FINAL Bridging Gowanus Meeting This Monday/Thanksgiving Week

Hello from CG CORD!

There is a critical meeting to attend this coming Monday!
We know it's Thanksgiving Week and this is a difficult time to attend a meeting but this one is IMPORTANT!

What:     Final "Bridging Gowanus"
When:     Monday, November 24 at 6:30, at 
Where:    PS 32  317 Hoyt St, Brooklyn

There has been a great deal of criticism of how Councilman Brad Lander's Bridging Gowanus process has NOT been democratic, and has NOT been hearing our community voices.

That is why it is important to attend the meeting this Monday.

We agree with PMFA:
"As Councilman Lander is asking us to convene one last time  for Bridging Gowanus, it behooves all of us to come together and to ask him to put his words into action and to give some power back to the community.
We should all demand a process of validation at the end of Bridging Gowanus.  Is the document really a reflection of what the community envisioned at the meetings?  We should be able to vote to make sure of that.

Bridging Gowanus could be the beginning of so much.  It could be a new forward-thinking, true democratic community planning process. Let's see if Councilman Brad, who prides himself on giving power (and a vote) back to the people through Participatory Budgeting, is courageous enough  to give his Gowanus constituents a real voice." PMFA



Of Councilman Brad Lander, Pratt Center for Community Development, and the Final Bridging Gowanus Meeting Next Monday

LINKS to Other "Take Back Gowanus" Stories

The Brian Lehrer Show:  Taking Back the Gowanus Canal
WNYC story about Gowanus that aired recently 

Gowanus Residents Debate Future of Area

Disparate Factions Unite to Take Back Gowanus From Overdevelopment

Take Back Gowanus Challenges Brad Lander's "Shared Values"


With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........