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Development Boom Brings Hundreds Of Families & More Crowding To Flatbush/Ditmas/Kensington

Published on Bklynr by Sarah Crean – February 1, 2017

It’s impossible not to be aware of development happening across Brooklyn — the vanished buildings, boarded-up construction sites, truck traffic and sleek towers that seem to come out of nowhere.

We decided to take a bird’s eye view of the development happening in a cluster of neighborhoods below Prospect Park, and tally up the projects we have written about over the last couple years.

We found that — at a minimum — there were 35 projects in various stages of development in the area including Central Flatbush, Ditmas Park, Kensington, and Midwood, creating more than 1,400 new apartments.

Some of the new buildings are being constructed on empty lots, while many others are replacing single-family homes dating to the early part of the 20th century. Random commercial structures like warehouses, small retail buildings, gas stations and auto body shops are also being demolished.

In a nutshell — we are witnessing a physical transformation of this part of South Brooklyn, which has important socio-economic and urban planning implications. See the rest of the story on Bklynr.