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Joanne Witty in conversation with William Solecki – Brooklyn Bridge Park: A Dying Waterfront Transformed

March 1 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm


Please join us at Roo­sevelt House for a spe­cial evening explor­ing the cre­ation of Brook­lyn Bridge Park, one of the largest and most sig­nif­i­cant pub­lic projects to be built in New York in a gen­er­a­tion. Joan­ne Wit­ty, an envi­ron­men­tal activist who also served as pres­i­dent of the park’s local devel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion and as direc­tor of the Brook­lyn Bridge Park Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, and William Solecki, Pro­fes­sor of Geog­ra­phy, Hunter Col­lege, and Direc­tor of CUNY Insti­tute for Sus­tain­able Cities, will dis­cuss the ways in which the park has trans­formed a decrepit indus­tri­al water­front into a pub­lic space that is both a reflec­tion and an engine of Brooklyn’s resur­gence in the twen­ty-first cen­tu­ry.

In their talk, Ms. Wit­ty and Pro­fes­sor Solecki will exam­ine the social and polit­i­cal phe­nom­e­non of how a com­mu­ni­ty over­came over­whelm­ing oppo­si­tion and obsta­cles to build the park – and also the ways in which the solu­tions devel­oped dur­ing the pro­longed bat­tle can be applied to impor­tant eco­nom­ic and plan­ning issues around the world. They will dis­cuss how grass­roots move­ment and com­mu­ni­ty plan­ning unit­ed around a com­mon vision, and reveal the human dynam­ics that unfold­ed in the course of build­ing the park, includ­ing atti­tudes and opin­ions that arose about class, race, gen­tri­fi­ca­tion, com­mer­cial­iza­tion, devel­op­ment, and the role of gov­ern­ment.

We hope you will be able to attend this impor­tant con­ver­sa­tion


Roo­sevelt House Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Insti­tute at Hunter Col­lege
RSVP required to pcubed@​hunter.​cuny.​edu


Roo­sevelt House Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Insti­tute at Hunter Col­lege
47–49 E 65th St
New York, NY Unit­ed States
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