OUR NEW CAMPAIGN: TAKING CHARGE OF THE ATLANTIC RAILYARDS
Unlike the new bank, the Forest City Ratner (FCR) Atlantic Yards proposal fails to reflect the context and character of the adjacent neighborhoods. And though FCR has repeatedly claimed to be heeding community concerns, the proposal outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) issued March 3rd is identical to the plan unveiled more than a year ago.
Brooklyn deserves better.
Brooklyn demands better.
Park Slope Neighbors calls upon our elected officials to ensure that any development
at Atlantic Yards is a good fit with its surroundings.
Please sign our petition to make certain that the development process respects:
Park Slopers take great pride in their community. As taxpayers and residents, weíre entitled to a fair, public, democratic, and transparent development process. We demand a voice in shaping Brooklyn's largest development project in over 25 years. Since the project involves public assets, we must be empowered to ensure that those assets are used wisely.
The arena and 17 high-rise buildings, the tallest of which would loom over the Williamsburg Bank building by 100 feet, would cast a long shadow over revitalized brownstone neighborhoods. PSN is opposed to "super-sizing" historic brownstone Brooklyn. We believe the character and physical attractiveness of the surrounding area is a unique asset that attracts residents, businesses and tourists. We plan to preserve and enhance that asset, and to oppose development practices that threaten it.
If the FCR plan for Atlantic Yards is implemented, Park Slope can look forward to traffic gridlock, increased pollution, more noise, less parking, and the disruption of our pedestrian-friendly environment. Together, we can work to ensure that the character of our streets is preserved, that traffic flow is actually improved, and that transportation alternatives are explored.
Ultimately, the character of a neighborhood depends on the people who inhabit it. We believe that encouraging home ownership is critical to strengthening our community and contributing to Brooklynís vitality. We will fight for affordable housing to ensure that people of all income levels have a chance to participate in the dream of owning a home. We oppose the abuse of eminent domain ó the taking of private property by our government, not for public use, but for private development. This practice violates the public trust, sets a dangerous precedent for future expansion, and will only serve to discourage smart investment.
Our Local Economy
We support development that provides opportunities for local entrepreneurs and small businesses, creates permanent living-wage jobs, and promotes local hiring.
We demand a full accounting of the environmental impacts of any proposed development, and workable mitigation plans for identified problems. Air and noise pollution, runoff and hazardous-material impacts must all be evaluated. The trees, gardens and urban wildlife that thrive in brownstone Brooklyn are features that make this area attractive and unique. This rare asset must be protected, as must our own health and well being.
We need your help to ensure a livable future for Park Slope and all our neighboring communities. Sign our petition demanding that our elected officials take action, join our email list, look for upcoming meetings ñ GET INVOLVED!