I like to see the worst of the neighborhood before I run into Prospect Park. I appreciate the serenity of the park more that way. I like to cross the Gowanus Canal and run past the Super Fund Sites, the concrete factories and scrap metal yards before running into Prospect Park. This is my route.
A year ago this month, (or maybe 2 years ago) was was on my regular weekday run and ran past the site where a warehouse collapsed a few years ago and noticed a bunch of kids with notebooks gazing through the fence. I stopped and asked them what they were doing. They said they were trying to decide what should be on this land in 2030. They were looking at a plot of land that was wedged between an elevated subway on 2 sides and a canal on the other 2 sides. I suggested to them that they make a water park, with a pool and giant slides. Maybe jet-skis on the canal. Their academic exercise is being mirrored in the real world.
This morning I chaperoned my son's class on that trip.
Two weeks ago I took my daughter's class. It was colder that day, but not as wet.
The kids were taking things more seriously, They were thinking a supermarket, or a hospital.
In a few weeks they will be presenting their blue prints. I will update then.