Tuesday, April 15, 2008

USBA Joins South Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance

The Union-Sackett Block Association is now a member of the newly formed South Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance. We join other groups, which include Baltic and Warren Neighbors, Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association, Cobble Hill Association, Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association, Committee for the Historic Integrity of Cobble Hill, CORD, Hoyt Street Alliance, South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation, and Warren Street Block Association.

Please check the SoBNA blog for updates and further information.

Here is the group's mission statement:

We are the South Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance. We are your neighbors and your friends. We are your fellow riders on the subway; the people at the next table in the coffee shop; the parents and grandparents of the children who attend the local schools. We share this neighborhood, its streets and services, with you and with one another. We think that this is a great place to live. The beauty, lower density, human scale of our buildings, safety, and the more neighborly lifestyle of our brownstone communities are some of the many reasons people have chosen to live here. We share a respect and affection for this community and wish not only to preserve it, but make it even better. Over the last two years, we have watched the quality of life here begin to erode under the pressure of out-of-scale development, structures that dwarf our existing neighborhood buildings. Development is based simply on maximizing the square footage and height allowable. New development has had neither respect nor regard for this lovely place, its needs and limitations, its character, or the very residents who have lovingly maintained it. What we want, is to maintain the integrity of our neighborhoods; implement the proper and appropriate infrastructure improvements before we have nothing left of our neighborhood to protect and enjoy.We are members of many different civic groups. We have joined together. We now represent a single united force dedicated to the preservation and improvement of our neighborhoods. We are not anti-development, but rather, wish to work with developers who have the ability to incorporate the special charm and character of this neighborhood into their design.Our goal is to achieve respectful, thoughtful, responsible development. In order to realize this, there is work to be done. There are laws to be changed, agencies and programs to be funded, processes that must be reevaluated. We will insist that the men and women, who have been elected to office by us, work for us to this same end. Let us begin.

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