Changes in Brooklyn
I began my career in King Plaza, Brooklyn. We lived in Brooklyn when our kids were young before making our short (although too long) journey to the suburbs. The neighborhoods today do not look like they did back then. Then they were grungier, dirtier and not as safe. Every time I walk around Brooklyn I am always amazed on how much has changed. I go often so I am sure everyone is sick of me saying it.
I was out in Prospect Heights over the weekend. There are so many pregnant women and young children who 30 years ago would have never chosen Prospect Heights as a place to set down their roots. We have seen urban areas around the globe change. I tend to think of the changes in Brooklyn directly related to the Bloomberg years.
What happens when all of these kids get to school age? Is anyone in the local and state Government pulling any data on how many more kids live in these Brooklyn neighborhoods vs 10, 20 and 30 years ago? Are there enough public schools? There is certainly aren’t enough private. Con Ed didn’t rise to the occasion to the shifts in BK population and certainly, there wasn’t much forward planning on the subway or public transportation. I am assuming this issue is happening in other urban and even hip rural areas vs the suburbs which is not the place of choice for many of this generation.
I have not read any data or info on planning for this. Wondering if anyone is working on this issue as it isn’t something that happens overnight.