OMG! Chicago’s Lawrence Fishery, a local seafood restaurant right on the South Brand Chicago River, had to redo their parking lot and in line with City requirements had to put in Permeable Pavement. This Permeable Pavement takes all the water that falls onto it and lets it soak through a pervious top layer into to a stone layer. Once at the stone layer the water is held temporarily, so that it can slowly move into the ground of the sewage system. This is like is exactly what Gowanus needs to help assist the combine sewage system, which is currently under repair.
Rain Ready Solutions in Action: Permeable Pavement from CNT on Vimeo.
For more info on permeable pavements and other flood prevention technologies go to: rainready.org
And the bike tales keep rolling in this week. We just posted about Whole Food Gowanus’s new cargo bikes and now the tale of Bill the pizza bike messenger. Best Pizza, in Williamsburg, all star rider gets it to you hot and fresh. Check it out.
Ok, so we like to keep people informed and so have found ourselves on the email list of Take Back Gowanus. In this email (which we have been approved to make public), titled: Followup and Future: The Gowanus Preservation Society Meeting Review and Moving Forward, Joseph Alexiou, who led Take Back Gowanus, presented a document that had all the raw idea notes from the groups first meeting. At first we wanted to list them all, but it’s a really long list. So, you can find it here. This list is good to know, since we generalized this information in one of our previous postings and of course it shows that there are lots and lots and lots of issues that Gowanus residents have. Joseph goes on in the email to say the group may have another meeting soon, pending everyones schedule.
Also in the email were comments directed at City Council Member Brad Lander’s recent posting called Planning for the future of Gowanus discussing Bridging Gowanus and the issues raised at the separate Take Back Gowanus meeting. Joseph praises the Council Member, who was BCC on the email, but still feels like issues were left out of the process. With that stated, Joseph indicates in the email that he wants to be further involved in the Council Members framework report, which gathered data from a separate event called Bridging Gowanus. This whole thing can get a bit confusing, if one is not in the know. Here is the skinny… City Council Member Brad Lander had a series of public forums for Gowanus residents to discuss issues facing the community called Bridging Gowanus. Not surprisingly, some people in the community were less than pleased that all the concerns about development were not a focus of Bridging Gowanus. In particular Gowanus resident Joseph Alexiou was very vocal about the development concerns at the Bridging Gowanus meetings. So, these dissatisfied people had their own meeting, lead by Joseph Alexiou, called Take Back Gowanus. They came up with lots of issues (shown here) . Now an email from Joseph is requesting that he be involved with the Council Member Brad Lander’s framework report over the Bridging Gowanus meetings he and the others were originally displeased with.
Joseph also wonders if anyone else can be included in the framework report discussions. And here is where we at GYFO jump in with a little bit of opinion. We at GYFO would like to be a part of this framework report discussion. Not as press, but as people that have covered the neighborhood for a while and have just reported on issues in a ‘neutral’ sort of way. But here is where we see a problem with us jumping in; we are just one group out there of a very crowded community of groups and people with varying positions. Everyone would be a little confused as to why a single rep from Gowanus Alliance, Gowanus By Design, South Brooklyn Development Corporation, Take Back Gowanus, or anyone else would not be a part of the framework report discussion. Although, Joseph does represent multiple groups in the area, we are not sure how the community would feel if he gets in and others don’t. As you can tell from our request to jump in, GYFO would totally be jealous and we think we wouldn’t be alone. That being said maybe its a saparate meeting with Joseph on behalf Take Back Gowanus to hash out the bit City Council Member Brad Lander noted that he would put in to cover the groups issues.
So, is it enough for City Council Member Brad Lander to add in the concerns from Take Back Gowanus? Are more Bridging Gowanus meetings (or similar with Gowanus movers & shakers) necessary? Or can Gowanus just see that all the issues may not be in this particular report… and thus more reports should be done? It looks like only City Council Member Lander will be able to decide.
Despite Whole Foods Gowanus store’s troubles with the 3rd Ave bike lane, it looks likes they may actually love bikes. They recently partnered with People’s Cargo to make custom built electric-assist cargo bikes that will be used to make local deliveries. The cargo bikes are anything but standard, as they look a bit smaller than normal cargo bikes (if cargo bikes are normal) – thus more maneuverable for the city streets, come with a cooler – to keep things fresh, and also have solar panel to help with charging.
This bike is yet another step that Whole Food Gowanus has taken to help bolster their claim as the most sustainable super market in the U.S.. The Whole Food Gowanus store, if you didn’t know, rocks solar panels over the parking lot, unique windmills, and a rooftop green house. It’s a one of a kind store, in a one of a kind neighborhood.
This video maybe geared towards Europeans, but it applies to everyone on the planet. Plastic is killing everything in the ocean. Let us repeat. PLASTIC IS KILLING EVERYTHING IN THE OCEAN! It’s not a guess anymore, it’s is happening and we have to stop it.
Info on the film here: itsaplasticworld.com