In the Zone
If all politics is indeed local, it's worth noting today's New York Times story about how neighborhood bloggers are shaping the built environments of urban landscapes. The article, "A Blogfest over a Project in Brooklyn," describes how the web's new class of professional amateurs can even impact land use policy. Several of these porchfront bloggers, who are concerned over development plans for Brooklyn's 8.7 million square foot Atlantic Yards, have boned up on their zoning law. Other critics of urban density have more conventional expertise, such as architect and fellow Blogspot blogger Jonathan Cohn, who has been using his mouthpiece Brooklyn Views to debate different space configurations. Still other blogs, such as No Land Grab, focus on relevant issues of eminent domain. My favorite response is the subversive humorous one that commemorates the season in A Very Brookly Haggadah for an Atlantic Yardseder, complete with Hebrew transliteration for the cultural tourist.