May 122011

Residents of new luxury condos in Downtown Brooklyn are getting organized. Reportedly a force of as many as 15,000, they are holding meetings and launching online forums in which they are articulating their interests, and strategizing about how to get decision-makers to act. Everything from neighborhood aesthetics to crime is on the table. An important question–not overlooked by some of the condo resident organizers themselves–is how this newly emerging constituency will interact with Downtown Brooklyn’s existing community, particularly those living in nearby public housing. The evolving role of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Metrotech BID as managers of potential conflict between these different groups will also be worth keeping an eye on.


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