To the editor:
I am writing to thank you for your Jan. 31 issue that clearly lays out the massive changes taking place in Brooklyn. I work with an organization named Brooklyn Vision, founded to facilitate communication between community organizations and increase the input that residents have in planning developments that will directly impact their lives, and the lives of their children and grandchildren.
The current planning process doesn’t serve the interests of developers or the public. The public perceives secret, backroom planning that is suddenly revealed as a completed project, leaving the public feeling victimized and motivating them to distrust and resist all development. The developers expect this resistance, and so feel they have to plan in secret and push for more than they want in order to get the project they really want in the face of public resistance.
When there’s no communication, there’s no trust, and without trust the whole process is destined to result in destructive, costly struggles. There are better ways.
Currently there is no coordination in the planning process for all the developments going on, and the public is right to be concerned. Communicating the scale of the problem has been a central effort for Brooklyn Vision. Thank you for making our point.
—Jim Vogel, Secretary, Brooklyn Vision Foundation