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April 28, 2008

The PlaNYC 2030 housing update and the contradictions of AY

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When PlaNYC 2030 was announced last April, I pointed out how Atlantic Yards was conspicuously absent as an example of how to build new housing, even though the plan promotes the identification of underutilized areas across the city that are well-served by transit and the exploration of opportunities to create new land by decking over rail yards, rail lines and highways.

Given that the project remains high on the mayoral agenda, the omission was curious, I noted--though I'd add today that there is a built-in excuse; as a state project, the city can claim that it has no power over the rezoning.

The PlaNYC 2030 Progress Report issued last week also understandably leaves Atlantic Yards off the maps of city-initiated rezonings and rezonings with inclusionary zoning.

Does South/Central Brooklyn have the carrying capacity for Bruce Ratner's megaproject? Should the need for affordable housing supercede the debate on other urban planning concerns? Ron Shiffman, former City Planning Commissioner and Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn board member, argues that there needs to be a balance.

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For more reporting on the progress of PlaNYC, check out "PlaNYC gets praise from planners, but momentum must be sustained."

Posted by lumi at April 28, 2008 4:55 AM