The conveners of Bridging Gowanus gratefully acknowledge the active participation of more than 300 neighborhood residents, business owners, and enthusiasts, as well as the support and encouragement of more than 30 locally-based community organizations. Public meetings and working group sessions were designed and facilitated by the Pratt Center for Community Development with the great support of Pratt Institute students and alumni from the Programs in Sustainable Planning and Development. The Fifth Avenue Committee and Center for Urban Pedagogy designed and facilitated spring 2014 workshops; other working group sessions were led by community volunteers to whom we owe our thanks. Many schools and organizations hosted Bridging Gowanus meetings, and we thank them: Public Schools 372, 58 and 32; the Wyckoff Gardens Tenant Association and Community Center; the Brooklyn Creative League; and Film Biz Recycling. Catherine Zinnel of Councilman Lander’s office and Dan Wiley of Congresswoman Velazquez’s office provided crucial logistical support for the Bridging Gowanus process.
This Bridging Gowanus draft framework website was designed and implemented by Pratt Center communications staff with support from Michael Freedman-Schnapp. The Bridging Gowanus community planning process website was designed and implemented by Pratt Institute Communications Design graduate student Allen Spector with support from faculty member David Frisco. Contributions to the framework came from community participants, urban planners and specialists, and numerous excellent studies and reports conducted on the area over the past decade. The New York City Council Land Use Division contributed important analyses. Elena Conte and Paula Crespo of the Pratt Center served as primary authors of the framework, with substantive support from the Center’s full planning team, and we thank them for their important efforts.