As a summer research fellow at the Institute for Public Architecture, I was asked to consider new models for live/work housing. With the assistance of two recent Columbia urban design graduates Amritha Mahesh and Despo Thoma, we investigated the complex political and economic battle lines drawn around the City’s formerly manufacturing areas that are being gradually converted to housing and facing steep escalation in land values.  We proposed a pilot zoning district for Gowanus Brooklyn which would mandate that small businesses be protected and given room to grow. We suggested that limitations could be made on speculation by limiting development to nonprofits whose mission entails the protection of jobs and growing of wealth in communities for communities.