Meanwhile, here in Brooklyn...

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9 thoughts on “Meanwhile, here in Brooklyn…

  1. Jon-Marc

    Good sites for information:
    A number of sites I have found helpful while doing neighborhood research include:
    • Department of City Planning: By clicking on your Community Board number, the site takes you to a wealth of information, including demographics, employment and income statistics, etc.
    • Crime statistics can be found here (note that police precinct number does not correlate with community board number. For example, I live in Manhattan Community Board 12, but my precinct number is 34 ):
    • Besides Zillow, another great site for real estate data is

    1. Tessa Lou Fix

      Hi- I am really struggling to navigate this blogging system. How do I post photos here? My last post, posted 3 versions of itself and I see only 2 other classmate entries since Sunday… When do we have to reply to a fellow classmate’s post by?



      1. Breukellen

        Hi Tessa,

        I believe that the only way to share a photo in a blog comment is to copy and paste the link to the photo. As to your other questions, I can only assume that tardiness is the answer. I am definitely taking more time to post my neighborhood walk notes as I refine my thoughts.

  2. Lori Mould

    Week #2: The residents that I spoke with pretty much agreed with the fact that there are two major areas for concern and that are the most problematic in the city: one, crime rates have been increasing and two, the lack of a quality K-12 education. After trying to pinpoint others issues or concerns, I was told that most of the problems can be traced back to these two issues. The crime rates can be verified through the recorded statistics at: and in June, 2013, the State Education Commissioner John King had this to say about the students in Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse, “less than 10 percent of the students graduate ready for the challenges of college or today’s high skilled jobs. Those are more than just numbers; those numbers represent thousands of students whose futures are diminished.’
    Three of the four people that I spoke with believe that the crime rates are a part of a larger issue such as: drugs and gang violence, unemployment rates, homelessness, poverty, and hunger. It is interesting to note that these long-term residents appear to be in touch with their city and surrounding communities because based on the United Way’s Community Fund Progress Report 2013:
    • One in three people in Rochester live in poverty; one in six is a child. In 2013, the poverty threshold for a four-person family with two children was $23,570—that’s less than the cost of a mid-sized family car.
    • More than 15,000 Monroe County households are on verge of foreclosure; a foreclosure costs our community $80,000. The cumulative cost of those potential foreclosures represents what it costs 15,000 families to send their child to a public university for four years.
    • On any given day, 98,000 people (that’s 1,000 more than the number of people living in the town of Greece) don’t know where their next meal will come from (
    When asked about their thoughts on what sustainability meant to them, one elderly man said that sustainability was just a buzz word made up to make people think that everything was going wrong in our country and that would make people scared. He said not enough people did their own research and that they believed everything they heard on the TV and newspaper. So I asked him what he thought was the biggest problem that he saw in our world and his answer surprised me, “I think there is still too much hate in this world!” There truly is so much that we can learn from our elderly population (even when it differs from our own viewpoint) if we would just take the time to listen to what they have to say.
    It was interesting to see how in touch the long-term residents were with their community problems and issues. It seems to me that in order to sustain our local communities we should try to become more active in community service, reaching out to those in need, and showing others that someone cares about their future.
    I have found out just how important people think that a healthy community is to society; however, it is sad to note that some of the folks that I spoke with feel that our system may be too broken to ever get back to the times when neighbors reached out to each other, borrowed a cup of sugar, and looked after one another. I learned so much from the older people that I spoke with and will reflect on these thoughts next week. To me, a sustainable community is more about the human factor so therefore community sustainability and servant leadership should go hand-in-hand. We need to be the change that we want to see in the world by simply taking the time to reach out, care for, talk and listen to people. Our society needs to break down the stereotypes and barriers brought about by fear, prejudice, misinformation, and sometimes ignorance, just to name a few, so we can learn how to function in a more tolerant and caring environment.
    I went into this part of my research expecting a much different result then what I got from the people that I spoke with and that just goes to show you that everyone’s ideas and views are different. We need to learn to be more adaptable in our diverse melting pot culture.

  3. Breukellen

    Hi guys. You may have all come across the same site, but if not, I found this “dot map” to be a fascinating and tangible layout of the 2010 US census racial demographics. Each dot on the map represents one person. The dots are color coded by race. This allows for a clear view of the racial divisions between different neighborhoods, and it shows which areas are more diverse. Make sure to click on “Add Map Labels” so that you can see where you are zooming in to!

  4. Breukellen

    This article was an interesting take on a self sustaining NYC. I don’t agree with all of it, and the author acknowledges many of the plans shortfalls, but the images alone are amazing, and the concept is wonderful. And it won’t let me post the link from my phone for some reason. The article is on, and it’s called empire state of mind.


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