The combined Fort Greene-Clinton Hill neighborhood has immense institutional, financial, intellectual, spiritual, creative and moral capital. It has virtually every kind of institution and land use present in New York City at large – 3 colleges, 5 high schools, important entertainment and arts institutions, a hospital, the full range of community service organizations, the city’s largest concentration of manufacturing, vigorous religious institutions, 6 banks and a major bank office building, national retail chains, multi-building apartment complexes and 2 major parks and small charter schools, mom-and-pop stores, entrepreneurial high tech and design businesses, many intimate arts venues, store front churches and homes of all varieties. It also has highly skilled, thoughtful and engaged neighbors with widely diverse backgrounds, many with wealth. Simultaneously, Fort Greene/Clinton Hill has the city’s second poorest census tract, 10 public schools rated 3 or less out of 10 by Great Schools and 8 homeless shelters.
One Community calls for Fort Greene and Clinton Hill residents and institutions to employ the powerful tools at their disposal, individually and as a community, to reduce inequality, dismantle divisions, and share the contributions which each part of the community offers.