4. Ensure not just affordable housing but an affordable neighborhood
Preserving and Creating Affordable Housing > Recommendations
TAs the neighborhoods surrounding Gowanus have become increasingly gentrified, so too has the retail serving the area. This presents special challenges for the area’s low-income residents, who become less able to afford the local prices of basic necessities, such as food. This is exemplified by the recent closure of the Met Foods supermarket on Smith Street, which was the last affordable large grocery store near Gowanus Houses. Steps should be taken to facilitate a retail mix that serves all the neighborhood’s residents.