Plan Gowanus helps residents shape neighborhood’s future

The city recently launched a tool for Gowanus residents to shape the future of their neighborhood.



It's called Plan Gowanus, and dozens of users have already signed on since it was launched by the Department of Planning last week.



The online platform gives community stakeholders a voice in how Gowanus will be developed in the coming years. All they have to do is drag and drop pins and offer comments about what they like or don't like in the area, as well as things they hope to see more of.



A top concern so far among residents is the amount of green space in the neighborhood.



City planners say that having community feedback will allow them to better balance the needs of the area and make more informed decisions.



Advocacy group Gowanus Alliance is not quite sold on the platform just yet. In a statement, it says that it's a step in the city's due diligence to hear from as many stakeholders as possible, but it's ultimately how the city interprets the information that will be important.


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