Adams, Nightlife-Loving Mayor, Offers Plan to ‘Let the People Dance’

Mayor Eric Adams proposed a series of zoning changes designed to eliminate bureaucratic rules that interfered with New York City’s recovery.

#adams-eric-l, #bars-and-nightclubs, #dancing, #new-york-city, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #zoning

New York Can Build More Affordable Housing, Fast. Here’s How.

New York needs more housing fast, and a few key measures would help build it.

#affordable-housing, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #state-legislatures, #zoning

How to Buy a Vacant Lot

Buying land is one way to get your dream house, but the rules can be much tougher. And you might have to source your own electricity.

#content-type-service, #electric-light-and-power, #personal-finances, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wells, #zoning

Long Island, We Need to Talk (About Housing)

Long Island needs more housing. The state needs to change the rules.

#affordable-housing, #building-construction, #huntington-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #suburbs, #suffolk-county-ny, #zoning

S’mores and the City: The Rise of the Illegal Fire Pit

Backyard fires do wonders for socializing during a pandemic. But they pose deadly risks all the same.

#brooklyn-nyc, #fire-department-nyc, #fires-and-firefighters, #law-and-legislation, #parties-social, #zoning

Why Was Dave Chappelle at a Village Council Meeting in Ohio?

The comedian helped quash a plan for affordable housing in Yellow Springs, Ohio, this week by threatening to pull a multimillion-dollar investment.

#affordable-housing, #chappelle-dave, #ohio, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states, #yellow-springs-ohio, #zoning

Why Home Prices Keep Rising

There appears to be no quick reprieve coming for rising prices: “It’s not a bubble, it really is about the fundamentals.”

#prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #zoning

Why a Blue City Is Feeling the Blues

New York is paying a price for Wall Street’s economic dominance.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-trade-and-world-market, #new-york-city, #zoning

They Had a Plan to Save Their SoHo Garden. It Backfired.

Despite a bid to protect it from a contentious rezoning plan, the Elizabeth Street Garden will be replaced by housing units.

#affordable-housing, #chin-margaret-s, #city-council-nyc, #elizabeth-street-garden-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #noho-manhattan-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #reiver-allan, #soho-manhattan-ny, #zoning

Plan to Bring More Housing to SoHo Is Set for a Vote

A contentious rezoning of the wealthy neighborhood, known for its cast-iron buildings and cobblestone streets, is expected to be approved on Wednesday.

#adams-eric-l, #area-planning-and-renewal, #berman-andrew-d-1962, #chin-margaret-s, #city-council-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #soho-manhattan-ny, #village-preservation-nonprofit, #zoning

A Former Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop Faces Demolition

Officials in Dayton, Ohio, have given permission to raze the building, which they describe as dangerous and at risk of collapsing. Preservationists say parts of it can be saved.

#buildings-structures, #dayton-ohio, #demolition, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #monica-snow, #preservation-dayton-inc, #todd-kinskey, #wright-orville, #wright-wilbur, #zoning

New York Targets Affluent Neighborhoods in Push for Affordable Housing

Supporters say the plans help address New York’s housing crisis and help integrate the city’s neighborhoods. Opponents see more gentrification and giveaways for developers.

#adams-eric-l, #affordable-housing, #assn-for-neighborhood-and-housing-development, #city-council-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #furman-center-for-real-estate-and-urban-policy, #george-mason-university, #gowanus-brooklyn-ny, #lander-brad, #manhattan-institute, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #soho-manhattan-ny, #zoning

The New York Blood Center Can Get an Upgrade, if NIMBYs Don’t Get in the Way

The New York Blood Center should be allowed to build its new life sciences center. 

#buildings-structures, #city-council-nyc, #kallos-benjamin, #new-york-blood-center, #new-york-city, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny, #zoning

The Build Back Better Plan and American Economic Policy

The root causes of rising costs for things like housing and health care are mostly regulatory. We need a strategy to address that. 

#democratic-party, #inflation-economics, #land-use-policies, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #republican-party, #united-states-economy, #zoning

Fight Erupts Over New York Blood Center’s Manhattan Building

The New York Blood Center wants to build a 233-foot-tall tower on a residential block in the Manhattan neighborhood. The city has proposed $450 million in tax incentives.

#brewer-gale-a, #city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #kallos-benjamin, #new-york-blood-center, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny, #zoning

California Homeowners Flex Their Political Muscle

The lasting power of neighborhood organizing.

#affordable-housing, #california, #city-councils, #hancock-park-los-angeles-calif, #hancock-park-homeowners-assn, #homeowners, #internal-sub-only, #los-angeles-calif, #politics-and-government, #raman-nithya, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #san-fernando-valley-calif, #sherman-oaks-calif, #sherman-oaks-homeowners-assn, #zoning

Are You Contributing to America’s Affordable Housing Crisis?

Do we need to redefine the American dream of owning a single-family home?

#area-planning-and-renewal, #california, #charlottesville-va, #gentrification, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #suburbs, #washington-dc, #yglesias-matthew, #zoning

The Role for State Governments in the Housing Crisis

How to solve the housing crisis (part 3).

#affordable-housing, #city-councils, #evictions, #gentrification, #homeless-persons, #internal-sub-only, #land-use-policies, #local-government, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

Doris Diether, Guardian of Greenwich Village, Dies at 92

She challenged Robert Moses to preserve Washington Square Park and helped save Shakespeare in the Park. In the process, she became a zoning expert.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #deaths-obituaries, #diether-doris, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #manhattan-nyc, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #volunteers-and-community-service, #zoning

California’s Housing Crisis Looms Large for Gavin Newsom

Having survived a recall vote, the governor is free to focus on the state’s homeless population and housing shortage. He has more room to maneuver than he did when he first took office.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #california, #elections-california-gubernatorial-recall-2021, #evictions, #homeless-persons, #local-government, #newsom-gavin, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

Inwood Watches Closely as New Zoning Kicks In

Taller buildings are going up, but, so far, developers are making good on their promises to bring affordable housing to the neighborhood.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #gentrification, #inwood-manhattan-ny, #joy-construction-corp, #lm-development-partners, #land-use-policies, #maddd-equities-llc, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #taconic-partners-llc, #zoning

Want to Solve the Housing Crisis? Build More, and Build Higher.

Down with historic preservation!

#affordable-housing, #crime-and-criminals, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #internal-sub-only, #police-reform, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #urban-areas, #zoning

California Advances Zoning Measure to Allow Duplexes

The assembly passed a bill that allows two-unit buildings on lots that for generations have been reserved for single-family homes.

#california, #newsom-gavin, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #state-legislatures, #wiener-scott-1970, #zoning

Want to Solve the Housing Crisis? Take Over Hotels.

A discussion on the escalating problem of unaffordability.

#affordable-housing, #eminent-domain, #evictions, #homeless-persons, #landlords, #rent-control-and-stabilization, #zoning

The L.I.R.R. Only Works If Long Island Gets Affordable Housing

To justify its big investment in the L.I.R.R., New York needs to force Long Island communities to make room for more housing.

#affordable-housing, #income-inequality, #long-island-ny, #long-island-rail-road-co, #nassau-county-ny, #new-york-state, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #transit-systems, #zoning

Los Angeles’s Housing Crisis: Can Design Be a Solution?

As Angelenos grapple with ways to address affordable housing, density and homelessness, a new architecture competition looks to low-rise solutions.

#affordable-housing, #architecture, #homeless-persons, #los-angeles-calif, #may-cliff, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

Buildings With Sections That Seem to Hover in Midair

Cantilevered towers help deal with space limitations in New York City. They start narrow at the street but expand as they rise, more lollipop than traditional wedding cake.

#architecture, #buildings-structures, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #dumbo-brooklyn-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

How a $180 Million Parking Lot Could Change N.Y.C.’s Historic Character

Will a skyscraper at the South Street Seaport set a precedent for development in historic districts?

#brewer-gale-a, #chin-margaret-s, #city-planning-commission-nyc, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #howard-hughes-corporation, #parking-garages-and-lots, #south-street-seaport-manhattan-ny, #south-street-seaport-museum, #water-street-manhattan-ny, #zoning

Should Biden Emphasize Race or Class or Both or None of the Above?

A new paper heats up an old debate. 

#black-people, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #minorities, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites, #zoning

The ‘New Redlining’ Is Deciding Who Lives in Your Neighborhood

If you care about social justice, you have to care about zoning.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #fair-housing-act-1968, #hispanic-americans, #income-inequality, #presidential-election-of-2020, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites, #zoning

If You Care About Social Justice, You Have to Care About Zoning

The Biden administration is off to a good start on housing, but there is much more it could be doing.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #fair-housing-act-1968, #hispanic-americans, #income-inequality, #presidential-election-of-2020, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites, #zoning

How Biden Can Free America From Its Zoning Straitjacket

If a state wants funds for infrastructure, it should meet strict conditions about housing construction.

#affordable-housing, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #building-construction, #california, #infrastructure-public-works, #land-use-policies, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #zoning

Why the Gowanus Canal Is a Litmus Test for NYC Development

The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn is notorious for its century-old filth. Now that the cleanup of the waterway has begun, a thorny question emerges. Who gets to live there?

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #de-blasio-bill, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #environmental-protection-agency, #gowanus-brooklyn-ny, #lander-brad, #water-pollution, #zoning

‘Battle for the Soul of SoHo’: A Debate on Gentrification, Race and Wealth

The Manhattan neighborhood is locked in a contentious battle with city officials over whether, and how, it should change.

#affordable-housing, #art, #black-people, #gentrification, #greenwich-village-society-for-historic-preservation, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #housing-rights-initiative, #lofts, #noho-manhattan-ny, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #soho-manhattan-ny, #soho-memory-project, #whites, #zoning

Affordable Housing Shouldn’t Be an Oxymoron

Biden’s new $2 trillion-plus jobs plan recognizes that homes are part of the nation’s infrastructure.

#income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #presidential-election-of-2020, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

Cities Are Flouting Flood Rules. The Cost: $1 Billion.

Cities and towns nationwide are failing to properly restrict construction in flood zones, an analysis for The Times found, violating taxpayer-subsidized insurance rules.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #federal-state-relations-us, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #local-government, #national-flood-insurance-program, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states, #urban-areas, #zoning

In California, Berkeley Beat Back NIMBYs

Is California finally ready to accept a more sustainable way of life?

#affordable-housing, #city-councils, #homeless-persons, #income-inequality, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

Climate Threats Could Mean Big Jumps in Insurance Costs This Year

The federal government is revising rates for flood coverage on April 1. New data suggests premiums need to increase sharply for some homes.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #building-construction, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #first-street-foundation, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zoning

Once the Gowanus Canal Is Rid of ‘Black Mayonnaise,’ Who Will Benefit?

Developers have promised affordable housing along Brooklyn’s toxic canal. But the rezoning could end up favoring luxury apartments.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #environmental-protection-agency, #gowanus-brooklyn-ny, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #zoning

Fear Spreads in Minnesota Town as ‘Extremist Group’ Moves to Open Church

Many residents of Murdock, Minn., said they were horrified that an organization condemned by watchdogs as a white supremacist hate group would open a church. City leaders said they had little choice but to grant a permit.

#asatru-folk-assembly, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #local-government, #murdock-minn, #race-and-ethnicity, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #whites, #zoning

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

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

‘I Love New York’ Is More Than a Motto

As retail chains abandon Manhattan, New Yorkers can rebuild a city that is more hospitable to its small businesses.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #small-business, #zoning

Industry City: Here’s What Happened

After a long battle to rezone the business hub in Brooklyn, developers abandoned the plan, eliminating a possible 20,000 new jobs. 

#culture-arts, #industry-city-brooklyn-ny, #metropolitan-opera, #new-year, #new-york-city, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #zoning

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

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

A Climate Center on Governors Island? Could Be a Game Changer

A rezoning proposal that has been floating around is finally up for city review. This kind of development is just what New York needs now.

#architecture, #global-warming, #governors-island-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #west-8-urban-designlandscape-architecture, #wxy-claire-weisz-architects-llp, #zoning

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

Massachusetts Court Won’t Use Term ‘Grandfathering,’ Citing Its Racist Origins

The term was “adopted by some states after the Civil War in an effort to disenfranchise African-American voters,” the court noted.

#black-people, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-states-of-america, #discrimination, #massachusetts, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #zoning

A Kangaroo Got Loose in Florida. Now Its Owner May Face Charges.

The kangaroo, named Jack, was corralled by the police last week after he was spotted hopping down a street in Fort Lauderdale.

#fort-lauderdale-fla, #kangaroos, #macias-anthony, #zoning