Making Change: Good Neighbor Policies

City Limits | April 2002

By Larry Schwartztol

The first step in the Fifth Avenue Committee’s reconstruction of 572 Pacific Street took place everywhere on the block except 572 Pacific Street. Before turning the vacant city-owned building into 10 units of housing, volunteers and staff knocked on every door in the immediate neighborhood. “We initially decided to do this project sometime before the summer, and then we decided that if we were going to be successful we had to do a summer’s worth of engaging the community,” says Julian Brown, assistant director of the group’s Developing Justice in South Brooklyn project…

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