Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Ambling on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn

My friend wanted to take me to "the greatest Caribbean food." Of course, the place was closed, and we ate very average Caribbean food elsewhere (so average that the Taste of Jamaica place on H Street NE is actually better). But we ambled for a number of blocks in this area a few blocks from the Parkside NYC subway station, on the far side of Prospect Park (and nothing like Park Slope).

This is by no means a systematic photographic exploration of the street. I took a bunch of photographs, and I could have easily taken triple the number, but we were trying to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time.

Season's Greetings from Flatbush AvenueI really love this banner...
Season's Greetings from Flatbush Avenue

Flatbush Avenue

Downmarket Retail

Produce on Flatbush AvenueIn the few blocks that we walked, there were at least 6 grocery stores, most with extensive produce sections, usually with produce on the street, and merchandised in ways that are familiar to the various ethnic groups that comprise their customer base.

Costa Rican Yams

24 Fruit & Grocery, Flatbush Avenue

Wigs on Flatbush Avenue

Carpet for Sale, Flatbush Avenue

Stores, Flatbush Avenue

Stores, Flatbush Avenue

Save-a-Thon Store, Flatbush Ave.

School Supplies


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