GIFFORD FOUNDATION “WHAT IF…” Film: Brooklyn Matters
October 19, 2011 - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Brooklyn Matters addresses the issue of who makes decisions when urban neighborhoods are on the brink of change. Brooklyn Matters is a riveting look at how big real estate, politics, community voices, and the desperate need for jobs and housing clash in one of the largest development proposals in the history of New York City. The film poses vital, timely questions that are relevant to cities across the country, including Syracuse.
Brooklyn Matters brings a depth of expert commentary to the debate and introduces many important community voices that have struggled to be heard on this project. This film’s exploration of the risks that come with a concentration of power is important for anyone concerned with who has a voice and who has a vote in shaping the future of our cities. Brooklyn Matters has been called “a must see for all who care about the future of their neighborhoods and the role that public policy and process plays in determining that future.” (Marilyn Gelber Former Commissioner New York City Department of Environmental Protection.)