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Park Slope leaders, pols to discuss future of Fourth Avenue

January 14, 2014 12:40PM

Park Slope community leaders and elected officials will meet tonight to discuss the state of Fourth Avenue, a still largely industrial stretch of road in the heavily-gentrified neighborhood.

Fourth Avenue residents said in a recent survey that the streetscape is unwelcoming and that the increasing number of new residential towers rising on the avenue aren’t helping. The Park Slope Civic Council will discuss the survey results tonight at 336 3rd Street, where participants will also hear from City Council members Brad Lander and Stephen Levin on their ideas for the avenue’s transformation.

S.J. Avery, a member of the Park Slope Civic Council’s Forth on Fourth committee, told DNAinfo that now was the time to get improvement projects off the ground, as he expected the new mayoral administration to usher in progressive city planning policies.

The survey showed that residents are concerned about the avenue’s lack of trees, pedestrian safety and a lack of affordable housing at the new residential buildings, according to the website. [DNAinfo]Hiten Samtani

  • Crian Bashman

    What 4th Avenue needs is more residential development with street-level retail. The community pushed for community facilities density bonus in the original rezoning, which has had a detrimental effect on the streetscape. Trees are unlikely to happen due to the subway running underneath, but there is room for creativity. In addition, the Community Board fought its own Transportation Committee on street calming techniques proposed by DOT. A lot of self-serving interests at play in Park Slope, with the overall community always losing because of a few selfish types.