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South Oxford Block Assn lists developments

The South Oxford Block Association has a listing of condominium developments in and near Fort Greene.


At December 13, 2006 12:04 AM, Blogger Escap said...

Jesus, I just perused this link as a way of taking a quick study break, but now I'm all pissed off.

Since when did S Oxford become hijacked by DDDB? And what kind of a joke is it that this association, living in their multi-million $$ mansions and worried about protecting that value against overdevelopment, spends half the site complaining about affordable housing. What a bait and switch.

Also unbelievable that, despite having long been derided by locals as a central force for gentrification, this association now claims to be anti. Geez, don't get me started--what happened to this street while I wasn't looking???! (I feel a Brooklynian post coming on)

At January 04, 2007 2:38 PM, Blogger Abbotw said...

In respect to your criticisms, I think you are confusing the South Oxford Block Association with either the Fort Greene Association or the South Portland Block Association.

The South Oxford Street Block Association has never expressed any previous position for or against the gentrification of Fort Greene. The website (which has only been up since early 2006) covers issues which involve the block's residents. We have previously covered things like the annual spring cleanup, bulb planting, and dog clean-up.

In our Atlantic Yards coverage we have attempted to illustrate numerous flaws in the Atlantic Yards project, including the use of eminent domain, lack of parking, the extreme population density and numerous other direct environmental impacts (as well as gentrification) that the project will have on Fort Greene residents (and all Brooklynites).

In reality, if our homeowners are only concerned about property values, we should theoretically be supportive of the project -- which will be mostly comprised of slick market rate condos and rentals, an upscale mall, arena and a hotel. The Yards will insure an instant influx of wealthy new residents and subsequent amenities, such as expanded shopping choices, gourmet groceries, galleries, new restaurants, etc.... These changes would inevitably enhance the neighborhood for future upscale residents, and thus increase property values and rents.

Fort Greene is a vibrant mixed-income community. Is it wrong to try to maintain that economic mix and be wary of any extreme overdevelopment?

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