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To the editor:

I can assure your readers that just about all the development now under discussion for Downtown Brooklyn and the vicinity will be built. The only question is whether it will be built in Downtown Brooklyn and the vicinity — accessible by mass transit to tens of thousands of working people in need of employment, with any tax revenues going to New York City’s schools and other services — or on a greenfield site on the suburban fringe.

Suburban sprawl, and suburban exclusionary zoning, is the real suburban nightmare for people who are less affluent than the Brooklyn Papers readers worried about style [“Ratner’s suburban nightmare,” Vince DiMiceli, Feb. 7]. Those concerned that, even in Downtown Brooklyn, some people will drive (as they do) and compete for their parking spaces are living in the wrong place.

I see the re-development of Downtown, in addition to the slow turnaround of many residential neighborhoods, as restoring Brooklyn, not destroying it. When Brooklyn’s private employment rises to the level it was in 1969 (it is well below, especially when government-financed social services are discounted), when its per capita income rises to the national average (it is far lower now but was average in 1969), when its poverty rate falls to the national average, when the percent of its adults with a job rises to the national average, when the percentage of its teenagers with a job rises to the national average, then I will start worrying about over-development.

And what about developments whose style I don’t appreciate? Well, I just don’t go there, but I’m not offended that other people do, and do not feel the right to dictate to them.

—Lawrence D. Littlefield, Windsor Terrace

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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