Monday, January 28, 2008

Upcoming: Focus on Gowanus


There's an interesting session coming up on Monday, February 4, about environmental and remediation issues in Gowanus. It's called New Voices on the Gowanus: Focus on the Public Place. It takes place at 6:30PM on 2/4 at the PS 58 Auditorium, which is located at 330 Smith Street (entrance on Carroll Street). Here's an email sent out by the Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus (FROGG) group about it:
Here is your chance to know what the scholars & scientists think about the pollution and remediation issues. You have heard from potential developers, city planners, government agencies, not for profits, elected officials, et al, about their visions for the future of the Gowanus Area and especially The Public Place. Now hear new voices and up to now missing points of view "that of academic and scientific scholars," the Professors and students from Columbia University Graduate Schools of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Planning & Preservation who have been studying our Gowanus for over two years have just published a book (147 pages in full color) with their complete research, findings, theories, ideas and recommendations. At this event, they will give a Power Point presentation of the main points of their book and then take pollution and remediation-related questions from the audience. (The event is hosted by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, SBLDC - South Brooklyn Local Development Corp., FROGG - Friends & Residents of Greater Gowanus, CORD - Coalition For Respectful Development.)
It should be an opportunity to gain some extra information about some very complicated environmental issues in the neighborhood.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I - as well as many others - have already been to a public presentation held by the Gowanus Canal Conservancy last year at the Gowanus Canal Water Quality Summit.

It is always nice to see things again, but to say that people have not taken into account the hard work of the students is very wrong.

The Conservancy had a great venue where a number of very knowledgeable experts presented studies and answered every single question that the audience threw at them.

It was a great session.

This is a re-hash.

It is still nice to see it again, but many people who were in positions to take the Columbia’s students work into account and do something to push the agenda forward were there. In fact the agenda has been pushed and this work is a number of years old. There are a number of other groups and individuals who have already learned from the students and are trying to make strides. You should invite them to speak as well.

This is just another example of community groups in this area not working together and not respecting the actions taken by each other. Diluting the issue and confusing the public.

I will still be there. The work of the students is great – I just wish the neighborhood groups would just work harder to work together.

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