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BrooklynBornThis blog started in my head when I listened in the 90's to friends who feared Brooklyn and newcomers who blogged about BK as if it barely existed before they arrived. Brooklyn as Tabula Rasa. My blog satisfies my need to hear and air feelings of B'klyn from the people whose life experience was born here. Also I hope to provide balance to some of the revisionist historical musings I've seen how Brooklyn and her residents used to be, we're still here. If we can all live as best possible while appreciating the past and neighbors we've inherited that would be great too.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Fulton St. goes both ways!

For today's PhotoWednesday installment see here.


City Councilwoman Letitia James was considerate enough to send this statement to the BrooklynBornBlog regarding the reconstruction on Fulton Street and the concerns regarding the plan to create a B.I.D. (Business Improvement District) from Rockwell (Downtown) to Classon Av.

Councilwoman James said in a statement:

Fulton Street will be restored to a two way street, and I will coordinate with MTA to restore bus service shortly thereafter.

I also urge everyone to support the Fulton Street BID application and ask affected businesses to do the same. A BID will assist the community in revitalizing Fulton Street with the coordination of services including, but not limited to, beautification, marketing, security and sanitation.

I cannot invest public funds in an unincorporated loosely held group of commercial businesses. We currently have two successful BIDS in the community, North Flatbush Ave and Myrtle Avenue BIDS that are recipient of public dollars for the same purpose.

Sounds reasonable, I wonder if this sway the debate about the B.I.D.?

I noticed today that Fulton Street has been reopened as a two way street after the completion of a years long reconstruction project, some of which I detailed in pictures here. Fulton slices across the north third of Brooklyn from the Downtown shopping district through Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant before coming to rest in East New York under the Broadway Junction train station near the Queens border for those who don't know. It's a long important street with many vital commercial strips, and it's even longer if you imagine it once connected to old Fulton St down at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Among the improvements the BID hopes to bring about are increased security and beautifying elements like adding flower boxes. I wonder considering how long shopkeepers have gone without, will that be enough to sway them to join? we'll see...