Primary Source Report-JB

Paper Title: “Bandaids are for cuts not scares” Greenpoint and it’s Toxins 

“Newtown Creeks’s Brooklyn waterfront faces first zoning changes in nearly 60 years” 

April 10, 2019 – Paul Stremple

This source comes from the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper https://brooklyneagle.com/articles/2019/04/10/newtown-creeks-brooklyn-waterfront-faces-first-zoning-changes-in-nearly-60-years/

This article is about the Department of City PLanning (DCP) rezoning plans for Brooklyn. This new zoning will determine what type of establishments will be allowed in the area. Involving over thousand plus acres of industrial space in Greenpoint, East Williamsburg and Bushwick which is known as the three core industrial zones. With Manhattan Polybag, Morgan Oil, and Pratt Oil still being active contaminants of Newtown creek, this new rezoning could potentially push them out. However with the rezoning comes with the potential removal and rezoning of residents. Even though the “main focus” is to minimize/ illuminate industrial business it will most likely not allow for  residential growth. So what happens to all the small businesses owned by daily people? They might get put out of business.

“EPA officials to Trum: Stay away from Newtown Creek”

February 2, 2017 — Scott Enman

This source comes from the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper https://brooklyneagle.com/articles/2017/02/02/epa-officials-to-trump-stay-away-from-newtown-creek/

This article discusses the hardship that communities surrounding the creek face. After President Donald Trump decided to freeze the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clean up grant they still moved forward with the attempt to clean the creek. Being warned NOT to talk to the media because of the companies involved in polluting it. This article is beneficial because it shows how government officials/ political figures try to dim the light on issues such as NEwtown Creek. No matter who is being hurt by the decisions, the funding to extract and prevent chemicals from doing any more damage. However this is not always the case. A lot of times an issue like this stays within the community(ies) it exists in because outside media coverage is not allowed due to the threat of funds becoming cut and neighborhoods aided the way they need to be.

Neighborhoods Need More Than Parks and Bike Paths to Be Sustainable

“Just green enough” isn’t enough”

August 24th, 2018–Trina Hamilton and Winifred Curran

This source comes from Inverse 

https://www.inverse.com/article/42775-how-gentrification-can-be-more-sustainable

With the rezoning of industrial companies and development of green spaces what will happen to the middle class and low poverty families? This article does a great job at highlighting the gentrification that takes place with these new ideas. Saldy, by the area being such a polluted place, middle class and low income families have been able to make a slight living. However, with the development of green spaces comes new housing (which is 9.5 out of 10 times more likely to be none affordable) they get relocated. This article explains how environment, economy and equity are often ALWAYS overlooked and not all equally addressed. This is good because it helps give a different understanding as to why gentrification exists and how it is made to look pretty.