Opportunities for the Sustainable Transformation of an Industrial Neighborhood
May 12, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
SUBJECT: In the ten years since the disaster of 9/11, the rebuilding of the World Trade Center has been an ongoing effort of a number of government agencies, private development participants and civic organizations.
The EPA’s designation of the Gowanus Canal as a Superfund site in March 2010 signals the severity of its environmental problems. But the Gowanus area holds far more than problems. It enjoys a rich history and tremendous strategic advantages: convenient transportation connections, economic and social links to the greater metro area, and property suitable for light industry, commerce, affordable housing, cultural activities, mixed-use development, and recreational amenities.
Recognizing the area’s potential, the Newman Real Estate Institute launched a research project early in 2009 to explore, from the perspectives of economists and urban planners, how that potential might be realized. Findings by the Gowanus Canal Corridor Study Graduate Planning Studio in the Department of Urban Affairs & Planning at Hunter College contributed to this effort.
The resulting report, “Reconsidering Gowanus – Opportunities for the Sustainable Transformation of an Industrial Neighborhood,” will be released at a forum designed to inform and promote dialogue among stakeholders in the Gowanus Corridor and the wider area. Civic leaders will speak, the Institute’s researchers will recommend measures for creating a vibrant, sustainable future for Gowanus, and panelists will assess challenges and opportunities. We invite you to join us for this timely and strategic look at one of New York City’s most neglected yet promising assets.