Despite Challenges, Opportunity Zones Provide Much-Needed Capital

The program has been criticized for a lack of transparency and for being used as a tax dodge, but developers say it is “a great tool to have in the toolbox.”

#area-planning-and-renewal, #economic-innovation-group, #enterprise-zones, #mixed-use-developments, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions

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These Wetlands Helped Stop Flooding From Sandy. Now a BJ’s May Move In.

A group of Staten Island residents concerned about climate change is challenging the project.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #bjs-wholesale-club-inc, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #floods, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #land-use-policies, #mariners-harbor-staten-island-ny, #oddo-james-s, #rose-deborah-l-1951, #wetlands, #zoning

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Abandoned Retail Sites Become Senior Housing

Former malls and abandoned shopping-center sites are in the midst of a repurposing — and one of those new uses is senior housing.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #elderly, #home-health-care, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #retirement, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #shopping-centers-and-malls

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What Will New York Real Estate Look Like Next Year?

City planners, developers and local officials weigh in on how the pandemic could change the city’s housing markets, land use and policy.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #elections-mayors, #gentrification, #labor-and-jobs, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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‘Call Me a Dreamer’: A Shattered Beirut Neighborhood Rebuilds

Many worry that a full recovery won’t be possible, but residents of one of Beirut’s most diverse and cosmopolitan areas are moving back in and trying to repair the damage from the August explosion.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lebanon

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Will SoHo Be the Site of New York City’s Next Battle Over Development?

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to rezone SoHo to accommodate new affordable housing in a wealthy, white neighborhood.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #soho-manhattan-ny, #zoning

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Times Square, Grand Central and the Laws That Build the City

A virtual tour looks at the legal battles and innovations behind 42nd Street. Our critic chats with the Harvard professor Jerold S. Kayden.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #bryant-park-manhattan-ny, #eminent-domain, #ford-foundation, #grand-central-terminal-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #land-use-policies, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #new-york-times, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #privately-owned-public-spaces, #real-estate-commercial, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #zoning

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Industry City Project in Brooklyn Defeated by Progressives

The developers behind Industry City abandoned a rezoning proposal after progressive leaders raised concerns about gentrification.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #gentrification, #industry-city-brooklyn-ny, #jamestown-properties, #menchaca-carlos, #new-york-city, #zoning

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Building Public Places for a Covid World

What are architects and urban planners foreseeing as people cautiously gather? Streets “curated” for various uses and dynamic cityscapes that both advance wellness and knit communities together.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #coronavirus-reopenings, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #urban-areas

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In Coming Wave of Pandemic-Induced Vacancies, Some See Opportunity

As the outlook for retail, hotel and office space shifts, some developers are already planning to convert empty properties to new uses.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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How the World’s Largest Garbage Dump in Staten Island Became a Green Oasis

The radical fix for a noxious landfill in Staten Island: Bury the trash, plant some grass and do nothing for 20 years.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #fresh-kills-landfill-staten-island-ny, #freshkills-park-staten-island-ny, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #staten-island-nyc, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #wetlands

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Progressives Killed Amazon’s Deal in New York. Is Industry City Next?

The fight over a rezoning plan in Brooklyn has pitted progressives and mainstream Democrats against each other.

#amazon-com-inc, #area-planning-and-renewal, #city-council-nyc, #industry-city-brooklyn-ny, #jamestown-properties, #labor-and-jobs, #menchaca-carlos, #new-york-city, #zoning

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A Rockaway Life

Rockaway Beach has a land’s-end bacchanalian spirit, but it is also a place where you can get to know people just by being there.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #beaches, #cardwell-diane, #far-rockaway-queens-ny, #oceans-and-seas, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rockaway-beach-queens-ny, #summer-season, #surfing

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The Pandemic Has Pushed Aside City Planning Rules. But to Whose Benefit?

As bike lanes and cafes sprout on streets, marginalized residents wonder when their priorities will get attention.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #oakland-calif, #race-and-ethnicity, #urban-areas, #zoning

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Jane Walentas, Who Planted a Carousel in Dumbo, Dies at 76

With her husband, David, Ms. Walentas helped develop the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood into a desirable address — and gave it an unusual gift.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #carousels, #deaths-obituaries, #dumbo-brooklyn-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #walentas-david-c, #walentas-jane

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Riots Long Ago, Luxury Living Today

High-end development has transformed some Black neighborhoods decades after they were scarred by unrest. And not by coincidence.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gentrification, #liberty-city-miami-fla, #over-the-rhine-cincinnati-ohio, #urban-areas, #washington-dc

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What the Coronavirus Has Done to New Development

The pandemic paused residential construction and stalled sales. Now developers in Long Island City and Greenpoint are scrambling to bounce back.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #building-construction, #condominiums, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #east-river-nyc, #greenpoint-brooklyn-ny, #long-island-city-queens-ny, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantines, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #shutdowns-institutional

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As Major League Soccer Expands, Teams Are Getting New Homes

Seven teams are building privately financed stadiums, a departure from the billions of public dollars spent on new arenas in other sports leagues.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #building-construction, #columbus-crew-soccer-team, #inter-miami-soccer-team, #major-league-soccer, #real-estate-commercial, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas

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Public Spaces Weren’t Designed for Pandemics. N.Y.C. Is Trying to Adapt.

New rules and design will try to keep New Yorkers safe in the usually crowded plazas, parks and streets.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #downtown-brooklyn-partnership, #harvard-university, #kallos-benjamin, #kayden-jerold-s, #madonia-peter-j, #new-york-city, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #playgrounds, #regional-plan-assn, #restaurants, #sidewalks, #trottenberg-polly, #urban-areas

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Cities Should Open Streets to Pedestrians and Cyclists

With people hunkered down at home, cities should act quickly to find a better balance between cars and pedestrians and cyclists.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #automobiles, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #broadway-manhattan-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #pedestrian-malls

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George Floyd and Derek Chauvin Might as Well Have Lived on Different Planets

Minneapolis abandoned its vision of an egalitarian society. The region is now paying an enormous price for that choice.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #race-and-ethnicity, #segregation-and-desegregation

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The Grapelord of Napa Faces a Threat Worse Than Plague

For 50 years, Andy Beckstoffer drove up the price of wine. Did the strategy work too well?

#agriculture-and-farming, #area-planning-and-renewal, #beckstoffer-vineyards, #beckstoffer-andy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #land-use-policies, #luxury-goods-and-services, #millennial-generation, #napa-calif, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #wines

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Coronavirus Crisis Threatens Push for Denser Housing

Transit-oriented developments were seen as a solution to severe housing shortages, but experts say developers need to rethink the design for a post-pandemic world.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Streets Should Be Car-Free During Lockdown. And After.

Cholera changed the face of Paris. Will Covid-19 change the streets of New York?

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #cholera, #city-councils, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #johnson-corey, #le-corbusier, #olmsted-frederick-law, #police-department-nyc, #urban-areas

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One City’s Road to Recovery Offers Lessons, and Hope

Lawrence, Mass., once an industrial power, set out to reverse a long decline with the Federal Reserve’s help. Now it faces a new economic challenge.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #federal-reserve-bank-of-boston, #labor-and-jobs, #lawrence-mass, #small-business, #urban-areas, #vocational-training

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