At the summit held at the Ridgewood Bushwick Youth Center. Unlike some other neighborhoods, the Bushwick process has some pre-existing support. But that doesn't mean the math or market are any easier to deal with.
A few of the community advocates involved in Bushwick's rezoning discussion: from left to right, Jose Lopez of Make the Road New York, Stephanie Cancel from Churches United for Fair Housing and Jesus Gonzalez, also from Churches United.
It's not always clear what rezonings did that the market wouldn't have anyway. After the rezoning, rents in Williamsburg increased by 21.3 percent. But during the same period in Bushwick, median rents increased by 20.2 percent.
The MTA’s decision to reroute the M train through the heart of midtown Manhattan in 2010 erased the invisible barrier that Myrtle Avenue represented. Passenger traffic at this station, Central Avenue in South Bushwick, grew more in 2011-2012 than anywhere else in Brooklyn.
Residents on Gates Avenue between Evergreen and Central Avenues in Bushwick say this vacant house is a frequent location of crime. The 83rd Precinct is encouraging residents of the block and 33 others in Bushwick to form block associations in an effort to stop crime collaboratively.