Gentrification Matters in Brooklyn's Black Neighborhoods

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • The impact of gentrification on traditionally predominate black neighborhoods as well as tools to mitigate impacts on housing, economic development, culture and physical spaces

  • How to have courageous conversations about the gentrification with residents, business owners, and community representatives

  • How to identify and use various neighborhood indicators to address gentrification concerns by communities

  • How land use and zoning decisions precipitate and thwart gentrification. 

The Planning and the Black Community Division (PBCD) of APA is sponsoring a walking tour of two predominately black neighborhoods in Brooklyn – Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights. Participants will be immersed in neighborhood history, community assets and controversial flashpoints to examine how gentrification is impacting and shaping the future of these communities. Our first segment visits the Fulton Street corridor in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Attendees will learn about the impact of rezoning efforts and gentrification along the Fulton Street commercial corridor. Civil rights history, public improvements, new developments, and Business Improvement District efforts will be highlighted along the way. Attendees will travel south and explore Franklin and Bedford Avenues in Crown Heights, a historically African-American and West-Indian neighborhood. See firsthand the rapid economic, social, cultural, and physical evolution of this neighborhood, and impacts of gentrification. Attendees will learn about various tools, initiatives, and approaches to address and mitigate impacts of gentrification on housing, economic development, community culture, and physical space.  

As these two neighborhoods quickly gentrify in a short period of time, this walking tour showcases new development projects, commercial revitalization efforts, public art, and neighborhood and public improvements that provide context to creating courageous conversations about how planners and communities can retain community character and address gentrification. Attendees will also learn about various neighborhood indicators of gentrification. Local residents, business owners, planners and community advocates will be featured. Lunch and tour materials will be provided to all participants. We look forward to you joining us in exploring Brooklyn’s Black Neighborhoods and how Gentrification Matters.  




Reyita Rodriguez , Brooklyn , NY
Ingrid Ellen , New York University - Wagner , New York , NY (see bio)
William Washburn , AICP , Washington , DC (see bio)
Carlton Eley , Environmental Protection Agency , Washington , DC (see bio)
Fleming El-Amin , AICP , FHWA , Washington , DC (see bio)
Zunilda Rodriguez , AICP , Hanover , MD (see bio)