SOCIAL, & CULTURAL INFRASTRUCTURE
FACILITATOR – Dan Wiley
- Limited number of school seats, especially for primary grades
- Inadequate open, accessible green space
- Lack of affordable indoor community spaces
- Lack of transit and connectivity
List of Ideas
Many of the challenges discussed and their potential solutions are interconnected:
- New school space could alleviate existing overcrowding and become a community asset
- New school space could also provide workforce development opportunities through partnerships with local businesses
- Parks could also serve as venues for community gatherings, art installations, and performances
Preserve and improve access to existing open spaces, including the canal and its wetlands; explore creating a Conservation District or Gowanus Canal Land Trust.
Create new open spaces that are vibrant and usable, using design guidelines that ensure community needs are met; require active streetscapes and do not permit on the ground floor.
Preserve the neighborhood’s character by:
- Providing incentives to preserve historically significant buildings, as well as their use
- Creating preservation regulations that accommodate reactivating historic buildings, in addition to incorporating flood mitigations
- Preserving the low-scale nature of the neighborhood and access to the open sky
Require that developers of new housing provide need infrastructure first.
Improve access to information technology, especially high-speed internet and cell phone service
Restore bus routes that crossed the canal
A number of ideas were proposed for the Public Place site:
- Cultural, performing arts, and educational spaces for the community
- A new comprehensive high school
- Baseball fields, wetlands, and other open space instead of housing