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Come Join MAS at the Flatbush Frolic

On Sunday, September 14th, MAS will join local vendors and community groups at the Flatbush Frolic — a neighborhood street festival organized annually by the Flatbush Development Corporation (FDC). As part of the Imagine Flatbush 2030 (IF2030) initiative, MAS will come full circle, distributing information on the year-long process that kicked off last September. MAS launched IF2030 at last year’s Frolic by soliciting video responses from local residents about what mattered to them in their neighborhood. The enthusiastic response propelled MAS’ partnership with FDC, and we continued the dialogue over the course of the year with a series of community workshops hosted at Brooklyn College. Created in response to Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC2030 and as a component of Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York, IF2030 is a community visioning project that uses local knowledge and expertise to plan for a more sustainable Flatbush. With generous funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, Flatbush community members have worked diligently over the past year to develop a sustainability agenda that outlines community priorities, goals, and action steps towards a more sustainable Flatbush by the year 2030. Touching on a wide range of neighborhood issues, this agenda is a planning tool to inform the work the organizations, elected officials, and public agencies serving Flatbush and to act as a catalyst for local community service and organizing. Drop by the MAS booth at the Frolic this weekend and learn more about the project, the process, and opportunities for further involvement. The writer is Senior Planner at the MAS Planning Center.