We've talked in the past about Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), and the process in creating the Fulton BID (see here and here).
Quick summary from the folks over at Bed-Stuy Gateway:
The Bed-Stuy Gateway BID Steering Committee notes that a BID would help in building a safe, clean and aesthetically attractive commercial and cultural destination;
• Foster thriving and profitable businesses;
• Provide a variety of retail goods and services from a mixture of national brand and locally-based companies, including minority and women-owned small businesses;
• Value the diverse history, culture and styles of the residents of the Bedford-Stuyvesant and wider Central Brooklyn communities by offering goods and services that respond to the community’s wants and desires.
Council Members James and Weprin have introduced Int. 906-2008, which would establish a Bed-Stuy Gateway BID (see here: http://webdocs.nyccouncil.info/textfiles/Int%200906-2008.htm), following Community Board 3's overwhelming support for the proposal. Tish remains committed to leadership in business, and strengthening the small businesses of Brooklyn.
If you want to learn more the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID proposal, please read here: http://www.bedstuygateway.com/2005/01/facts_about_the.html. We will continue to follow this proposal.