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Imagine Flatbush 2030 Kicks Off

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Imagine Flatbush 2030 kicked off at Temple Beth Emeth in Flatbush, Brooklyn, on November 19, with a preliminary stakeholders’ meeting of 50 groups.

Following a discussion of the meaning of neighborhood sustainability, the Mayor’s PlaNYC 2030, and why neighborhoods need to create their own agendas to work in tandem with this plan, workshop attendees formed groups to talk with their neighbors about both things they cherished about Flatbush and things they perceived as challenges. A second workshop on December 12 focused on collectively identifying sustainability goals for the neighborhood.

A collaboration between MAS and the Flatbush Development Corporation, Imagine Flatbush 2030 is piloting the idea that full implementation of the Mayor’s PlaNYC 2030 will depend on engaging neighborhoods more fully in the dialogue about sustainability in planning and development. Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, Imagine Flatbush 2030 broadens the Mayor’s terms of sustainability to incorporate more Jacobsonian ideals of livability, as defined by the people who live, work, and attend school in the neighborhood.

It is part of the MAS’ highly successful Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York project that included an exhibition, and a tour and program series. Visit the Imagine Flatbush pages for more details.

To watch a video about the Imagine Flatbush 2030 initiative, featuring footage from the first workshop, click here.

The writer is director of the MAS Planning Center.