Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Not Fooled by Brad Lander's Bridging Gowanus Sleight of Hand, Another Attendee Speaks

Another community member is not fooled by Brad Lander's  BG (Bridging Gowanus) sleight of hand:  Monday's CG CORD post Brad Lander's Magic Show, Brilliant Sleight of Hand--- And Slight to the Community....has inspired our readers to share some of their thoughts and experiences.  Please read on and see what S. L. Yung has to say:


The politicians we have in City government are jokesters and contrarily seem to work against the local community people by dividing us into class differences and infusing the community with 700 units of luxury new dwellers onto the canal. This new influx will determine the future with explosions of further polluting the neighborhood with car fumes & noisy gridlocks; increase sewage problems; school & park overpopulation; garbage overflows; etc. All this increase before the Gowanus Canal's cleanup will cause further delayed infrastructures.

I attended "Bridging Gowanus" event at Bell House and felt helpless as I put 10 tix in nebulous labeled jars and sticked post-its on a priority chart that did not have enough columns for amount of attendees present. Even reading the text can make anyone a slow reader due to deciphering the double wordings and overlapping nonessential or irrelevant choices i.e. increase public transportation to (Park Slope). I even tried to talk to the smiling young interns that these choices have nothing to do to prevent gentrification and expedite Superfund cleanup. These interns like robots smiled and gave no educated input or response to my inquiries. They just insisted to use the tix and pre–printed post-its to express my opinions. This only took 5 mins to do and then what? Go to the bar and celebrate with alcoholic drinks and be sociable with neighbors. A simple hard day's work done. However, I felt uncomfortable, disappointed and unsociable with a crowd of executives, family members, workers, homeowners and just a few artists, so I left

I really felt I am being channeled into making bad decisions on behalf of city gov't priorities rather than expediting and solving better solutions in Carroll Garden's community. I had witnessed the same operation that occurred in Chinatown Working Group's attempt to prevent gentrification guided by Pratt Center for Community Development. In the long run, CWG were duped into researching population concensus and submit a bill that got rejected by the City Council anyways. This did not prevent the ongoing gentrification of Lower East Side with further developers increasing building heights. Thus, this parallelism is occurring in Carroll Gardens. Here is further information of Brad Lander's connection to Pratt's Community Development founded in Wikipedia which explains how 4th Ave's gentrification.

Brad Lander, a graduate of the Pratt Community Economic Development Internship Program and Pratt’s Masters’ in City and Regional Planning, and director of the Brooklyn-based CDC Fifth Avenue Committee, became director of the organization, embarking on a strategic plan that led, in part, to renaming the organization the Pratt Center for Community Development. The strategic plan identified three initiatives for the Pratt Center — Helping Communities Build, Planning for Equitable Development, and Sustainability and Environmental Justice.

Thank you for publishing my pitiful thoughts.
S. L. Yung

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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........