China’s “Democracy Wall Movement” existed from November 1978 to
December 1979, when a brick wall at Xidan Street in Beijing included
posters of protest. Brooklyn’s “Democracy Wall” was in Carroll Gardens,
by the Carroll Street subway station at 360 Smith Street. In 2007 and
2008, murals on the Democracy Wall reflected community issues, such as
real estate developments. Construction covered over the wall in April
Wikipedia: Democracy Wall
During the November 1978 to December 1979, thousands of people put up
“big character poster” (Chinese: 大字報) on a long brick wall of Xidan
Street, Xicheng District of Beijing, to protest about the political and
social issues of China. Under acquiescence of the Chinese government,
other kinds of protest activities, such as unofficial journals (Chinese:
地下刊物), petitions (Chinese: 上訪), and demonstrations, were also soon
spreading out in major cities of China. This movement can be seen as the
beginning of the Chinese Democracy Movement. It also known as the “Democracy Wall Movement”
(Chinese: 民主牆運動). This short period of political liberation was called as “Beijing Spring” (Chinese: 北京之春).
The Gowanus Lounge
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 01, 2007
Carroll Gardens Democracy Wall Gets New Mural
We enjoy the Carroll Gardens Democracy Wall at the Carroll Street subway
station. It is part of the now well-known plaza at the Second Place
exit that will be closed for construction of the controversial building
at 360 Smith Street, which led to both the wall and the CORD
neighborhood group. Dozens of message appear on the Democracy Wall at
any give time, with the large murals usually being related to whatever
issue is at hand in the neighborhood.
Carroll Gardens Democracy Wall in Danger?
December 10th, 2007
Is the Carroll Gardens Democracy Wall where residents have been posting
murals and news articles about development news in their community in
danger? It could be. There’s a sense among residents that both the
police and local politicians may try to put an end to what has become a
community fixture over the last six months.
Uploaded on Dec 30, 2007
News 12 reports on the Democracy Wall at 360 Smith Street and CG Cord’s Moratorium Petition on 12/30/2007.
The Gowanus Lounge
MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2008
Carroll Gardens Democracy Wall Comes Back as Love Fence
The Carroll Gardens Democracy Wall, which had been used by residents as a
kind of community bulletin board since last year, disappeared last week
behind the big blue construction fence for the controversial 360 Smith
development. While it’s unclear if the blue fence will end up serving
the same purpose or just get plastered with advertising the way that
many do, the fence has taken a turn in the direction of love, being
decorated with hearts.
Carroll Gardens 360 Smith, Now with Extra Love
BY ROBERT APR 21, 2008, 4:54P
The lightening rod Carroll Gardens development at 360 Smith Street has
featured many things since the first Heavy Metal rendering surfaced last
year. There have been protests and signs, including a “Democracy Wall”
of signs protesting the development and calling for a downzoning of the
neighborhood. Well, work is underway and the wall’s been covered up, but
it’s now covered in hearts like a kind of Love Fence.
New York (NY) Times
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, Real Estate Buying Guide
By MIKE POWELL
(January 30, 2010?
Though brownstones constitute the area’s best-known housing, condo
developments are evident in growing numbers. (A wall next to the Carroll
Street subway stop, nicknamed “Democracy Wall” by residents, featured
murals and open letters to the community. One read “Make Love Not Tall
Buildings”— and was later covered up by construction.)