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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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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‘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

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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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

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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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How Minneapolis, One of America’s Most Liberal Cities, Struggles With Racism

The Midwestern city that has been the site of unrest prides itself on embracing multiculturalism. But it also struggles with segregation and racial gaps on education.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #floyd-george-d-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #zoning

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The Coronavirus and The Cities We Need

Crises can be clarifying.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #education, #hispanic-americans, #income-inequality, #minorities, #new-york-city, #poverty, #race-and-ethnicity, #segregation-and-desegregation, #united-states, #urban-areas, #zoning

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After the Coronavirus, Cities Should Embrace Density

Restrictive zoning blocks less-affluent families from the opportunities that cities offer.

#housing-and-urban-development-department, #income-inequality, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states-economy, #university-of-california-berkeley, #urban-areas, #zoning

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The Cities We Need

America’s cities were once engines of growth and opportunity. In this crisis, how can we save them?

#discrimination, #education, #income-inequality, #king-martin-luther-jr, #new-york-city, #poverty, #race-and-ethnicity, #san-francisco-calif, #segregation-and-desegregation, #urban-areas, #zoning

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