Activists admitted that there was some irony in trying to retain the current polluted state of the canal by seeking protection for the industrial buildings that hastened its demise during the 19th and 20th centuries. But they said it’s possible to separate the buildings themselves from the messy business that went on inside.
“They are perfect specimens of what industrial buildings looked like at the start of the Industrial Revolution,” said Betty Stoltz, a member of Friends and Residents of the Greater Gowanus. “Think of it this way: I don’t love everything the Church does, but I don’t want to see churches destroyed.”
Location Scout: Gowanus Canal.Posted: March 21st, 2008 | Filed under: Brooklyn, Historical, The Screenwriter's Idea Bag, Tragicomic, Ironic, Obnoxious Or Absurd