It’s easy to fall in love with Flushing. A dense, immigrant neighborhood, Flushing is bursting at the seams with a diverse array of food, shopping options, small business services, tourist attractions, and culture centers. Mixed-use development catalyzed over a decade ago by public and private investment combined with Asian immigrant entrepreneurship has fueled Flushing’s growth as a unique regional center.
But this growth has brought added pressures to the community. The pipeline of residential construction could add more than 1/3 of the current population. The explosive growth in luxury residential and commercial development in Downtown Flushing has also led to rapidly rising real estate costs.
The impacts of these developments are felt by low to moderate income families, rent-burdened households, small businesses faced with lease uncertainty, and the increasingly congested streets of Flushing.
How equitable and sustainable will Flushing’s future development be, if left unchecked?
With careful planning and coordinated investment by Flushing community stakeholders, together we can ensure that Flushing’s economic and cultural diversity continues to thrive.
The scope of Flushing 2050 focuses on Flushing West, an approximately 11-block waterfront area between Flushing Creek and Downtown Flushing.
So who are the people and what are the businesses that populate this area?
Here are some quick facts and figures to introduce you to Flushing.
While predominately Asian, Flushing is also home to Latino, white, African American, and mixed race populations.
In terms of business and job growth, Flushing has seen massive growth in recent years. In fact, economic growth in Flushing has dramatically outpaced that of Queens between 2005 – 2014.
Between 2005 and 2014, Greater Flushing private employment expanded significantly in the service sector. In 2014, the 5 sectors in that saw the most job growth were healthcare, wholesale trade, retail trade, hotels & food, and finance & real estate.
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau, OnTheMap Application, 2005 and 2014
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