[our changing neighborhood]

Topic: Around Town

Curbed links to a couple of fascinating stories about the Bococa area (that’s Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill/Carrol Gardens, for the uninitiated).

The good news: The dilapidated Smith and Ninth Sts. subway station, one of the city’s worst, is slated for rehabilitation. The MTA funded this once before, then slashed the funding, but is now restoring the funding. Let’s hope they actually do something about it this time.

The bad news: The Brooklyn House of Detention, on Atlantic Avenue, will likely reopen in 2007, ensuring that our neighborhood will continue to provide housing for the poor. The community is fighting it. But this brings us to …

The bizarre news: In that same story, the focus is on the possibility of making the House of D into a mixed-use facility, with street-level retail and maybe even high-end residential development.

The other bizarre news: This plan for Gowanus development, from Wired New York.

Finally, the Times reports on the conflicting visions that residents and developers have for the Gowanus Canal area.