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Fort Greene, je t'aime

A local editor moves on.

I am a sentimentalist.

I remember my last day of elementary school and being overwhelmed with a sense of the finality of it all. I was 11 years old.

So it’s with a slightly more appropriate mix of sadness and nostalgia that I write this, my last post as editor of Fort Greene Patch.

We’ve been through a lot together.

There’s been not one, but two hurricanes, a blizzard, an historic election, the continued battle against gun violence at Fort Greene Houses and the perhaps less publicized moments of charity that have firmly solidified this neighborhood’s place as Brooklyn’s capital of compassion.

True, Fort Greene is much changed these days — with the promise of even bigger developments to come.

But there is much I hope that is lasting in this collection of tree-lined blocks and urban industrial landscapes, this mix of old and new, rich and poor.

Fort Greene is much more than a historic district. It is a living laboratory for the kind of neighborhood we all want to live in, a place where Brooklyn’s past, present and future is on display for anyone to see.

I believe what happens here will continue to have great consequences for the rest of our borough and our city.

Which brings me to my parting thought: Get involved and stay involved because this conversation is only just beginning.

For the last two years, it’s been my privilege to report on people who stick their necks out and try to make a difference.

Whether it’s Schellie Hagan protesting the expansion of neighborhood public space or FAB’s Phillip Kellogg planning the next big improvement for the benefit of shoppers and business owners — both care deeply about their community.

And both are right. This community is worth fighting for, working for, doing anything we can to preserve our past while striving for a better tomorrow.

Onward.

Crystal December 06, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I've enjoyed your posts - all the best!
Arnold December 07, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I agree with two of the above that it's ridiculous to put a lone, brave and unpaid voice (Shelley Hagan) and a "yes, boss!" highly paid political appointee (Philip Kellogg) on the same moral ground.
Patrick Harrington December 12, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I think Phillip Kellogg is doing a fantastic job of cleaning up Fulton Street and making it presentable. He's on the fast track to making this neighborhood more presentable and affluent. I get so tired of comments defending the thousands of status quo bodegas against the new development forward establishments like the new Dry Bar and Der Koller Beer Garten...
Joe Gonzalez December 12, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Hey Patrick Harrington: You forgot to add that you are so happy Phillip Kellogg has help to reduce the numbers of people of color who once inhabited Fulton Street. Surely YOU are aware over 40 Black/Latino-owned stores have closed on Fulton Street in the past three years. I know who YOU mean when YOU say "presentable and affluent". YOU and Pillip Kellogg can go to hell.
Sarabeth December 14, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Who the heck is Patrick Harrington? No one remembers him from the fight to save the tire store. Come to think of it, no one remembers Philip Kellogg in that fight either. Maybe they were spending that time in the Hanson Dry bar knocking back designer cocktails. They're the new elite who want to make the neighborhood into their own white image.

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