Often described as perfect, Fort Greene is a neighborhood that has earned its desirable lifestyle. After the Brooklyn Navy Yard closed, the area fell victim to citywide poverty and crime. The housing projects around the waterfront became examples of failed public housing. Drugs and abandoned houses were common sights until artists, preservationists and young professionals started arriving, lifting the neighborhood out of the mire. Today, Fort Greene is one of the most ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Tree-lined streets and elegant low-rise brownstones and Italianate houses define this historic neighborhood. The Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower, one of Brooklyn’s tallest buildings, can be found in Fort Greene, as well as several cultural and academic institutions, like the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Pratt Institute. Green space, restaurants, bars, farmer’s markets and flea markets are common destinations in Fort Greene. Although the neighborhood is seemingly perfect, gentrification is a concern for residents who value the open-minded culture of the area. Developments around Fort Greene’s border, such as Atlantic Yards, have the potential to alter the neighborhood, and residents are encouraging a change for the better.