Coney Session: Public Policy or Political Theater?
Still, none of this bodes well for a thoughtful exchange of ideas about what is, at heart, a very complex issue of land use and development policy that will shape the future of one of the most significant destinations in Brooklyn for generations to come. David Gratt of Coney Island USA got to the heart of the matter--and the need for a thoughtful exchange of ideas to begin the discussion process--when he wrote on the Coney Island Message Board:
If anyone is remotely interested in speaking, for or against the proposal, please come. It's important that the authentic voice of the community chime in as well as people from outside the community.Tonight's session--which is intended to give an overview of the plan to interested members of the public and is not part of the formal land use review process, which will begin later, will take place at Lincoln High School (2800 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn). It will run from 6:30PM to 9:00PM. There will be another session at the same location on Tuesday, January 8, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. There will be a daytime session at Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn) on Tuesday from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM.
We have our fingers crossed that there will be a genuine public discourse about a very important public issue and that the sessions won't degenerate into non-productive theatrics that actually interfere with the ability of interested citizens to learn more.
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