The history of keeping things “out of your back yard” begins with demonstrable adverse health problems caused by pollution, but it does not end there. It has advanced to the critique of poorly chosen uses of land, how the use affect others over time and the kind of society the uses produce. What happens in this section of a growing Downtown Brooklyn is now one of those questions. What quality of society will we produce here?
For now, look at it as the collision of two interests, one is private and predictive toward profitable returns and the other is public and prescriptive toward resolving the errors committed in the pursuit of the first interest whether the errors were predicable or not. This leads to expressions of due diligence that prove efforts are made to anticipate damages that are conducted through project approval and evaluation procedures that are capable of constant improvement.x In this way, living in the world may not be risk free, but the path to it is both predictable and prescribed.