LINEAR CITY AND CROSS-BROOKLYN EXPRESSWAY

THE NEED FOR AN EAST-WEST EXPRESSWAY TO SERVE THE CENTRAL BROOKLYN AREA IN NEW YORK CITY IS DESCRIBED. COST AND COMMUNITY RESISTANCE HAVE PREVENTED THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUCH A ROUTE. AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE IS PROPOSED, THE CROSS- BROOKLYN EXPRESSWAY, THAT WILL UTILIZE THE EXISTING RIGHT- OF-WAY OF THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD'S BAY BRIDGE LINE. THE LAND USE ALONG THE EXISTING RAILROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY IS ALREADY INCOMPATIBLE WITH CORRIDOR DEVELOPMENT TO A SUBSTANTIAL EXTENT, AND THE INTRUSION OF THE NEW HIGHWAY COULD CAUSE AN EVEN MORE DETRIMENTAL EFFECT TO THE EAST CENTRAL BROOKLYN AREA WHICH IS ALREADY SERIOUSLY HAMPERED IN ITS EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE RESIDENTIAL STABILITY. IT WAS NECESSARY TO COMBINE THE HIGHWAY AND COMMUNITY NEEDS AND TO DEVELOP A NEW LINEAR COMMUNITY ALONG AND OVER THE RIGHT-OF-WAY. THE NEW DEVELOPMENT WOULD INCLUDE HOUSING, COMMERCIAL FACILITIES, AND SCHOOL AND RECREATION CENTERS. IN THIS WAY, THE CORRIDOR WOULD ACT AS A MEANS OF BRINGING TOGETHER THE COMMUNITY IN A MORE COHESIVE MANNER. CURRENT PLANNING EMPHASIS HAS BEEN PUT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW FULL-RANGE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION FOR 18,000 TO 20,000 STUDENTS. THE EDUCATIONAL CAMPUS WILL PROVIDE PRE-SCHOOL THROUGH ADULT EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AND WILL REFLECT THE NEEDS AND DESIRES OF THE COMMUNITY. WHEN THE LINEAR CITY IS COMPLETED IT WILL BE 6 MILES IN LENGTH AND WILL BE ANCHORED AT ONE END BY BROOKLYN COLLEGE AND AT THE OTHER END BY ANOTHER MAJOR INSTITUTION. THE PLANNING IS BEING DONE BY A TEAM OF EXPERTS USING THE MULTI-DISCIPLINES NECESSARY FOR DEVELOPING SUCH A COMMUNITY PLAN. THERE IS AN ATTEMPT TO OBTAIN PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, AND ALL PLANNING IS DONE WITH AS MUCH PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE AND PARTICIPATION AS POSSIBLE.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 75-87
  • Monograph Title: Joint development and multiple use of transportation rights-of-way; proceedings of a conference held November 14-15, 1968, Washington, DC
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201672
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 25 1994 12:00AM