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Stable Brooklyn

In the spring of 2005 residents of the Stable Brooklyn neighborhood in Brooklyn came together because they were concerned about a rash of new residential buildings that many considered to be inconsistent with the existing scale of development. They began to meet and held a walking tour of the area with elected officials and their staff. They successfully modified a developer’s request to upzone a parcel of land, but expressed continuing concern about the potential for future out-of-scale development. At the same time, residents of this seven-block area sandwiched between Windsor Terrace and Kensington developed a greater awareness of and identity with the area, and were anxious to have a say in planning for the future.

This planning document summarizes the results of the two workshops and includes specific proposals developed by our planning team at the Hunter College Center for Community Planning and Development. These are presented in the interest of stimulating further discussion and action by city agencies, elected officials, communitybased organizations, and residents.