Because we are studying the landmarks of Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront, perhaps it is appropriate to begin a discussion about whether we should be nostalgic when a city, a region, or a nation deindustrializes.
Chapter Two of Levinson’s book details the nature and conditions of the men (and it was all men) who worked Brooklyn’s (and other places’) docks. Their work was made necessary by the industrial manufacturing that was going on along the rest of the waterfront and elsewhere in Manhattan and Brooklyn. In chapter Five, he describes various forces and conditions (land-transport costs; labor concerns; crime; decrepit facilities; geographic disadvantages—and containerization) that made that work unsustainable.
We knew when we were reading Lucy’s story that we were going to have feelings about it. Does the story that Levinson tells of loss and change evoke feelings? Of what sort?