As noted by Brooklyn Record, Park Slope Neighbors has launched a campaign to make the imminent Whole Foods on 3rd Ave. as green as possible. Their primary concern appears to be traffic. Undoubtedly, some of those cars will be coming from PLG, as we basically have the dreaded Western Beef and the questionable sanitation of Associated to choose from.
The debate reminded us of a topic we've discussed ad nauseum with friends: Brooklyn needs cross-town transit. Let's face it, Brooklyn's bus system, despite it's confusing and illegible map, kinda sucks. To combat said limitations, Park Slope Neighbors suggests jitneys and pedicabs as ideas to ease the traffic/pollution problems that Whole Foods may bring.
We think Park Slope Neighbors should push for something more ambitious: how about a real plan for cross-borough transit? In our ideal world this would be accomplished via super futuristic monorail configured in a giant loop that swings up and around Willamsburg and Bed Stuy then swoops SW towards Sunset Park, encompassing Park Slope, PLG and Carrol Gardens on the upswing. Subway connections a must.
But we'll entertain other ideas, too.