In the pas the canal was used for boats to bring in supplies to newly developing brooklyn. the barges would carry heavy aterials to suppl concrete plants and other construction related industries, these industries would then dump waste and armful pollutants into the canal rather than disposing of them cleanly. Presently the canal is used very little occasionally barges come down to bring supplies to the remaing industrial sites, however it mostly just a polluted waste. it is also now a superfund site meaning the canal is being funded to get cleaned. In the future, if the canal is cleaned tha it most likely will become a residential place and the neighborhood would become extremely gentrified like the other neighborhoods around it.