5 thoughts on “Clash of Opinions on De Blasio’s Approach to Rezoning

  1. ‘In his view, rezoning a low-density district to encourage ‘McMansion’ owners to convert their properties for multi-family development is better than rezoning an industrial area that might be home to blue-collar jobs.’

    Really? Just like that private homeowners are going to spend (at least $100k) to ‘convert’ their private 1-family homes into multi-family to satisfy your progressive fantasies. I think what your really want is for all private 1&2 family homes to disappear. BTW what is considered a ‘McMansion’ in NYC? How many SqFt?

    Forget about large numbers of well-paying jobs ever returning to NYC. Industrial areas should be rezoned for high-density apartment buildings and commercial areas.

    • I doubt the homeowners would spend that money. They might (voluntarily!) sell to a developer who will be able to build far more units, housing more people on that land in exchange for ensuring a percentage (20% let’s say) are affordable. The scenario herein described isn’t a ‘progressive family’, it’s a capitalist one, only tempered by that 20% requirement.

    • I love my local NYPL branch but deBlasio has done more damage than cutting library funding. Increased street homelessness is making the city looks like it was in the 1970s and 80s. Times Square area also falling back into open drug dealing. Property taxes go up every year to pay for his socialist schemes.

  2. She wasn’t referring to library funding, but to a coordinated, city-wide plan to use New York’s branch library sites, city-owned land, as “hubs” for upzoning and real-estate development in the surrounding neighborhoods. This requires “redevelopment” of the library, which means in plain English, tearing it down and, some years later, opening a new one in a new much larger (often residential) building on the same site, which has been transferred to adeveloper for one dollar. The buzzword for this is “co-development opportunities” — something about which, at this point, the general public knows almost nothing (unless you happen to live in one of the neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights or Inwood (Manhattan), already targeted.)

    If you want to learn more, read
    https://nycfuture.org/pdf/Re-Envisioning-New-Yorks-Branch-Libraries.pdf
    especially pp.51-52.

    Remember, the affordable housing part of it is basically a gimmick to provide subsidies to the developer and to allow a larger building so as to justify an upzoning.

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