Transforming 4th Avenue into a Community Asset

Client: Office of Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz
Faculty: Frank Fish
Team: Reena Agarwal, Martha Kenton, Noah Levine, Gwen Litvak, Avia Tzur Farber
Year: 2010
4th Avenue is a key through road connecting Downtown Brooklyn to the Verrazzano Bridge, beginning at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. Schools, churches, and auto repair shops shape the character of the 6.2 mile long avenue. Recognizing an unmet need, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President requested a Capstone team to engage community stakeholders and subject matter experts in shaping a new vision for 4th Avenue. The team conducted extensive research, provided presentations to the client and key stakeholders, and produced a final report and presentation. The final report recommended improvements to the street median and flow of traffic, streetscaping projects, placemaking and wayfinding tools to draw out neighborhood character, increased green space, land use and softsite repurposing, and engagement with community members.