On the horizon: As the City and developers look to create a new neighborhood at the mouth of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, a.k.a. Greenwich St. South, Downtown Express reports that Manhattan Community Board 1 is calling for affordable housing, parks (such as the one in the rendering shown here, from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation), and neighborhood-oriented retail.

Affordable housing in crisis: Last week, The Real Deal reported on the dwindling availability of low-income housing tax credits, while this week, Crain’s examined threats to financing of 80/20 affordable housing projects. Today, the Brooklyn Paper reports that lack of financing is stalling a major mixed-income project in Downtown Brooklyn, and Atlantic Yards Report considers what this all might mean for Atlantic Yards.

Speaking of Atlantic Yards, today Streetsblog wonders: why are we still building superblocks? (It is worth noting here that the community-driven UNITY Plan for Atlantic Yards does not include superblocks.)

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle visits the Imagine Flatbush 2030 community visioning workshops, which the local Council Member calls, “a new, interesting and important way of looking at sustainable neighborhood development.” The next meeting Feb. 27 at Brooklyn College (see calendar for details).

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