Sunday, January 02, 2011

Prospect Heights bar, across the street from blight, now colonizes TriBeCa

In October, cataloging non-blight on Vanderbilt Avenue, I mentioned, among others, Weather Up at Dean Street, immediately across the street from the staging/construction zone slated to be a massive surface parking lot.

Weather Up is "now colonizing TriBeca," in the words of PaperMag. Blight, the justification for eminent domain in the Atlantic Yards site, is supposed to arrest development. It didn't arrest the original Weather Up, nor the spinoff.

Such colonization, in fact, appears to be the opposite force of blight.

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  1. Colonization must be part of the spontaneous growth and rebirth of city neighborhoods that Jane Jacobs talked about. If desolated neighborhoods in Detroit can be reborn--as Roberta Brandes Gratz recently reported in Planetizen--then anything is possible for the traumatized area around the so-called Atlantic Yards.

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