Project: Whole Foods
214 3rd St.

While earlier slides featured projects in various stages of planning and construction, Gowanus is an example of an (almost) fully finished project. After years of protracted development, millions upon millions of dollars, and complicated deals to clean up the area's toxic waste and restore the Coignet Building, Whole Foods is open for business. In its completed state, with an urban farm on its roof, the monolithic grocer is the physical embodiment of gentrification. If you want proof that neighborhoods can transform overnight, here it is.