Standing on the Third Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, you can almost watch a community changing before your very eyes.
On one side sits a three-year-old Whole Foods, wind-turbines spinning in its vast parking lot. On the other, a cluster of loft-style apartment towers is in the works, while the Ferrara Bros. concrete company, one of the largest in New York City, is preparing to relocate. The canal itself remains a murky Superfund site.
The lone sentinel of the neigh
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