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Projects & Proposals > Brooklyn > Downtown Brooklyn Printer Friendly Version
Downtown Brooklyn - Approved!
ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE
Introduction | Economic Perspective | The Plan | Public Commitment | Public Review
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Obstacles to Achieving Growth
Downtown Brooklyn has the following issues to overcome:

  • Zoning and lack of adequate development sites limit opportunities for growth
  • Downtown core is isolated from surrounding strong residential communities
  • Poor streetscape experience limits desirability as business and residential destination
  • Downtown has not tapped into vast cultural and educational resources

Guiding Principles to Achieve Downtown Brooklyn's Potential
The Downtown Brooklyn Plans guiding principles include ensuring a comprehensive planning process, partnering with local stakeholders, understanding the areas strengths and weaknesses, focusing on strategic problem-solving and making catalytic public investments.

Progress to Present
To date, the city has dedicated significant resources to the pre-development planning phase. Community outreach is already well under way. In addition, an inter-agency task force meets regularly to carefully craft this plan and chart its progress so that the public approval process will proceed expeditiously and new development can start by 2005.

The Vision
With enactment of the plan, the future of Downtown Brooklyn promises to be bright:

  • The economic center of what would be equal to America's 4th largest city
  • Strong and diverse commercial & retail markets
  • Residential communities that are integrated in Downtown
  • Expanding premier cultural and educational destinations
  • A vibrant public environment served by enhanced transit network


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