“Eds and Meds” Framework Outline Strategies to Promote Inclusive Growth, Family-Sustaining Jobs, Affordable Housing, High-Quality Public Spaces for Brooklyn’s Largest Economic Hub
Framework Builds on “New” New York Action Plan Recommendations to Reimagine Commercial Districts, Create Inclusive Growth
New York – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) Director and City Planning Commission (CPC) Chair Dan Garodnick today unveiled the Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene “Eds and Meds” Framework, which will promote and guide the area’s economic recovery and continued inclusive growth as a vibrant, 24/7 neighborhood. The framework, presented to the CPC today, identifies opportunities to create new housing, including affordable housing; family-sustaining jobs, including in the neighborhood’s core industries of education (“eds”) and health care (“meds”); safer streets; and high-quality public space. In particular, it prioritizes leveraging city-owned sites for public space improvements and strengthening connections to nearby New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) campuses, including Farragut Houses, Ingersoll Houses, and Whitman Houses.
The presentation of the framework comes as Long Island University and the Brooklyn Hospital Center consider development plans. With this guiding document, the administration will work to ensure the future development of these large and important Brooklyn institutions supports the local community and the city’s priorities. Downtown Brooklyn is the largest employment hub in the city outside of Manhattan and the fourth largest in the city. The neighborhood struggled during the pandemic – with foot traffic down 12 percent in 2020 and eight percent in 2022, relative to 2019 levels – but is recovering strongly, with consumer retail spending up 20 percent in 2022 over pre-pandemic levels.
“New Yorkers are counting on our local neighborhoods to be the economic engine that creates jobs and opportunity, and the Eds and Meds Framework lays the groundwork for exactly that,” said Mayor Adams. “Our administration is not waiting around – we are working proactively with communities to outline key goals and identify priorities to deliver inclusive growth that makes our neighborhoods safer, fairer, and more prosperous. This is just the beginning, and our team looks forward to continuing to work with residents and community partners to accelerate Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene’s recovery.”/’
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