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April 15, 2008

For public discussion of development, Brooklyn needs a venue

Atlantic Yards Report

On top of the fact that Norman Oder must be getting tired of schlepping to Manhattan to attend panel discussions about Brooklyn, the Mad Over-Attender of such panels makes a good point that this level of public discourse should be fostered locally.

Brooklyn needs a place where controversial issues can be ventilated publicly. After all, the frequent discourse that has Brooklyn neighborhoods designated the nation's "bloggiest" deserves to surface in real time.

There are places for discourse, among them the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Center for the Study of Brooklyn at Brooklyn College (and other academic institutions), and events sponsored by community boards, the Borough President, civic groups, and neighborhood groups like the Fort Greene Association and the Park Slope Civic Council. And Brooklyn Community Access Television (BCAT) produces a good number of public affairs shows.

However, Brooklyn, given its population of more than 2.5 million, would be the country's fourth-largest city if independent. It deserves its own equivalent of MAS or MCNY, just as it deserves much more press coverage.

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NoLandGrab: it's hard to argue with Oder's point of view, but something tells us that many of the obvious venues in Brooklyn feel they must kowtow to the politicans and developers who seem to be setting the agenda in Brooklyn these days.

Posted by lumi at April 15, 2008 4:59 AM