From Toxic to Trendy: The Evolution of the Gowanus Canal


Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal has long been known as one of New York City’s most polluted waterways. It’s so toxic, that the EPA declared it a Superfund cleanup site.

But according to the New York Post, the canal and its surrounding neighborhood are undergoing a remarkable transformation. As the canal gets cleaned up, developers are seizing the opportunity to capitalize on this prime real estate.

Swank condos, rentals and businesses are rising along the canal. In a clear sign of gentrification, there’s a new, eco-conscious Whole Foods. In fact, there’s so much development that civic groups have raised concerns about the impact on the area’s character, the Post reports.

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