Professors Montgomery and Leonard

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Gowanus Reflection

Joseph Alexiou provided details on the historical development and environmental issues of the Gowanus Canal. He also expressed doubt that the Gowanus will ever be cleaned. Joseph mentioned in the article “In 1999, the city finally began to repair the Flushing Tunnel just as Carroll Gardens and Park Slope were coming truly desirable to big real estate and expensive places to live. It was the “if you build it, they will come,” mentality of cleaning up toxic waste sites.” This brings me to the question of what is the definition of clean? The definition of clean is to be free from dirt or pollution and free from contamination or disease as defined by Merriam-Webster. Repairing a flushing tunnel does not solve the issue of the contamination in the water. NYC rezoning practices are mainly concerned about money making rather than the health of individuals. Everyone deserves to live in a clean and safe place. Without clean air and water people are at a higher risk of becoming sick and unwell. The idea of cleaning up the Gowanus Canal has been as ongoing issue and I can say that not much has been done. What is going to happen 50 years down the road? Will the city be repeating the same old mistakes? Will the Gowanus ever be cleaned? I believe that before the city continues with the rezoning they need to seriously clean up the canal. People living by the water will pay lots of money to live in the area, not fully understanding the big issues of the Gowanus. They cannot continue down the same path, something needs to be done now.

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Film Reflections

In the movies “Citizen Jane” and “Finding Brooklyn”  their was a lot of talk of the architect/real estate developer Robert Moses and how his planes were ruining communities and neighborhoods with his planes of gentrification of neighborhoods. Mr  Moses did not consider  the people he was displacing. He did not care about the minorities and the underprivileged that were being affected by his plans.Jane Jacobs was a Journalist/Civic Activist for these people. She saw how gentrification was ruining neighborhoods and she knew that the developers were only concerned with making money not making communities/ neighborhoods better. Mr Moses philosophy was if we wanted to make things better we had to cut out the cancers of these places, so his plan was to start over, tear it down and rebuild. He was an originator of the idea to create housing projects. The projects isolated the poor from the rest of society which Ms Jacob was total against that idea. Jacobs believed that diversity builds cities. She believed that networking between classes and races is what builds communities.While Moses had an agenda to eliminate the lower class. Jacobs understood that people and activity build a city/neighborhood.Jane Jacobs was a great strategist when it came to civic action, Washington Square Roadway was Mr Moses first defeat by Ms Jacobs. Mr Moses headed the Urban Development project in New York among other places. His plans were to was to sterilize the city and create a different kind of ghetto. Urban development meant Negro removal to developers like Moses. Those project were developed all across the United States and abroad. They were all failures and are being demolished now all across the United States. All to make developers and politicians rich. Neighborhoods in my city are being affected by gentrification now and the same issues Ms Jacobs was facing back then my neighborhood is facing now because of the projects going up in dumbo and Williamsburg. High rise condominium and lofts are surrounding my neighborhood which is causing basic household items in my neighborhood stores to even go up making it hard to afford even groceries.

Film Reflection Assignment 2

When I think about these movies and the lecture presentation, the first thing that comes to mind regarding a discussion of public space and its role in the cities is that people (the public) should always be taken in consideration when it comes to shared public spaces. In every single one of these films and lecture we were able to see the consequence of missed use space and the effects of putting monetary value and agendas of powerful people as a priority and forgetting the every day people that live in neighborhoods. In “My Brooklyn” developers did not take in account the history and culture of the people living and working in the neighborhood they had planned to build in. This created gentrification and displacement for African American and Caribbean communities. In case of “Citizen Jane” Robert Moises in his attempt to transform and better the city (to his opinion), he was sacrificing the livelihood of many communities. He created a worst-case scenario by removing tenements in place for projects that later on brought crime and more poverty to communities. In “Human Scale” we start to see a repetitive eco of what Robert Moises had attempted to do with the NYC in the 50s but now in other cities in the world, like cities in China. The repetitive buildings that wouldn’t bring a dynamic safe space, excluding people from one another, depriving them from interactions and creating isolation. In terms of the lecture presentation we see a remanence of how architecture can influence human behavior for the better, how it has been reclaimed by the communities and, as it was displayed, how it has negatively influenced communities in the past through segregation.
The notion that appeals the most to me is the idea of bringing communities together to have a say on new developments just like Jane Jacobs did in her time. New York City over the years has made many positive improvements to public space, from waterfront parks being created, bike lanes being implemented and squares becoming more exclusive to pedestrians and the public thanks to communities coming together and becoming part of the discussion of public space.

Reflection

A public space refers to an area or place that is open and accessible to all people regardless of anything. Public spaces are an important asset to our cities, neighborhoods and communities. They provide people many opportunities to come together and engage with the community and the people around them. Different groups of people come together and create a social space for everyone in the society to be a part of.

In the films My Brooklyn, Citizen Jane, and Human Scale and the lecture presentation Healing Spaces: Marching On! Blackness and the Spatial Politics of Performance, they all discuss public space and its importance to the community as a whole. These films allowed me to realize the importance of public space and how it can impact individuals. Jane Jacobs mentioned that “people make cities” and I agree with her on this because diversity makes a city unique.

Parks and areas by the water appeal to me. Being by the water is very relaxing and calming. The East River Park in Lower Manhattan is an example of park space by the water. On a sunny day, there are hundreds of people around the area either relaxing, exercising or simply enjoying the beautiful view.

I personally feel that the public space in NYC is wonderful. For a crowded city, there is a lot to explore and enjoy. Public spaces present health benefits both mentally and physically. People tend to feel better when they are surrounded by nice spaces.

Film Reflection

I enjoyed the film “Citizen Jane the Battle for the City”. It addressed the issues and conflicts that I agree with on Jane Jacobs side. Like Jane said, the city is about people, and public spaces, not buildings. Robert Moses was opposed to that idea though, his view was to make life better for people who aren’t rich, and fixing the city. Robert see’s this as cancerous. And Jane saw this as order and not chaos. I like to apply the quote, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”, mainly because the city and the original environment is what makes it feel like home. Adding buildings to the city takes away the appeal of its foundation.

Film Reflections

In the film Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, Robert Moses one of the planners who wanted to improved New York City with more modern idea, but his idea was ruined by Jane Jacobs. One location that caught my interest was I believe the Pruitt-IGOE public housing development in St. Louis in 1954 they wanted to change the housing for improvement the poor to live in better homes. Sadly, nine year later it became big fail where it became where gang and drug were everywhere around that neighborhood. The image of the planner has come up with and have fail so that just destroy it and eliminated the area. In the film My Brooklyn, one location that caught my interest was the Fulton street mall which wanted people to move out or going out of business due to lose their customer over other large business. In the film Human Scale, the New York in 2007 wanted to build a big highway because of Robert Moses. Not sure its location where it would be but if that happen it would of change the way we live with just car all around and business dying. I don’t really have a specific public space, but it doesn’t really matter where I like to rest a few minutes and enjoy the environment. In New York City there are many public spaces which give me a place to relax and enjoy my surrounding. But I think some public space can remove road spot for car to go and make it hard to move around.

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