Resident Activism

Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood may soon get a major development, “Atlantic Yards”, replete with Frank Gehry-designed stadium. But how major is it, exactly? That’s what Keegan wonders over at Invisible Man:

As a resident who will directly feel the impact of the development surrounding my home, I haven’t felt that I have seen an accurate portrayal of the sheer scale of this project, in the context of the existing neighborhood. Enter Google Earth.

He uses the developer’s own plans and stated heights to make the buildings available in Google Earth, so that they can viewed surrounded by Google Earth’s default existing buildings. And the proposed buildings do indeed look huge.


You’d imagine that developers themselves might want to release well-crafted KML models of their proposed developments, in order to drum up buzz and prestige. Unless, of course, the likely impression is that they’re overbearing.

3 thoughts on “Resident Activism”

  1. Steven Johnson says that it’s all about what angle you look at it from:

    There’s an almost direct line of 20-60 story commercial and residential buildings running from Atlantic Yards to downtown Brooklyn, and then, in fact, continuing on to Lower Manhattan in the distance. On either side, the low-rise neighborhoods of brownstone Brooklyn, nestled like little alpine villages on the side of a mountain ridge. It gives the downtown Brooklyn area a defined shape — it’s a corridor, not just a weird, anonymous empty space between vibrant neighborhoods, the way it is now.

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