Brad Lander on Brooklyn: ‘Threatened By Out-of-Control Development’

brad lander headshot 2007 Brad Lander on Brooklyn: Threatened By Out of Control DevelopmentBrownstoner has an interview with Brad Lander, the director since 2003 of the Pratt Center for Community Development who is now running for City Council in District 39, which includes Carroll Gardens and Park Slope.

Mr. Lander praises much of current Brooklyn life, but has some sobering warnings on development and what he calls "growing inequality."

[I] fear that much of what I value about being a Brooklynite is under threat. We’ve got a tremendously diverse mix of people, public treasures like Prospect Park, some great public schools, neighborhood shopping strips with small businesses who care enough to give us umbrellas when it rains, and passionate civic activism. But much of this is threatened by skyrocketing real estate prices, out-of-control development, and growing inequality. …

The communities of Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hills, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, and Borough Park have some common challenges, and some unique ones. In many corners, rampant development continues to be a central issue – undermining both the affordability and the quality-of-life of our neighborhoods…

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