Scope of the spatial breakdown


Crown Heights & Bed-Stuy are being rebuilt at a massive scale. After the middle of the 20th century, which signalled a period of collapse and decay for New York and a majority of American cities, the area has in recent years enjoyed an explosion of development, as you saw on the map before. But exactly how much of the neighborhood has been rebuilt?

Though the bulk of the area was built before the Great Depression in 1929, there have since been 2 major periods of mass construction and reconstruction: once during and after World War II, and the second period being right now—and though currently the extent of the reconstruction is not as high as the last spike, there are several features to note, the most important of which is that the current boom is still ongoing.

“In the run up to the rezoning, Crown Heights underwent somewhat of a renaissance, as home buyers and hipster-friendly businesses adopted the neighborhood.“ —Katherine Clarke





Though over time, the buildings constructed/year has varied widely, it’s important to note that since 1990 there has been the most concerted effort towards large-scale reformatting. 4 of the 5 biggest spikes in building have occurred within the last 3 decades.

How does this happen?