Rezoning: Not for every neighborhood | Opinion
I moderated a discussion of the 2005 rezoning of Williamsburg/Greenpoint recently at the Brooklyn Historical Society. The panelists were Frances Lucerna, cofounder of the educational and cultural organization El Puente, Judge Adam Perlmutter, cofounder of the organization now known as the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance and Katherine Thompson, co-leader of Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park.
There was general recognition among the panelists that northern Brooklyn was forced to rezone the waterfront or face undesirable developments like garbage transfer stations and power plants.
But there also was a strong feeling that the area did not get the benefits that were promised by the city in exchange — truly affordable housing, a big waterfront park and protection for the manufacturing businesses in the area.