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The de Blasio administration has withdrawn a proposal to rezone Flushing West, but some aspects of the plan might live on.

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When Rents Rise or Landlords Lash out, Undocumented NYers Have Fewer Options

Undocumented immigrants aren’t eligible for many forms of housing assistance and can be less likely to report landlord harassment. That could make them uniquely vulnerable to the displacement that can come from development.

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From Georgia to NYC: The Civil Rights Roots of Community Land Trusts

A new documentary looks at the rise, fall and rebirth of Georgia’s New Communities, Inc., which aimed to empower Black sharecroppers in the 1960s but might offer lessons for urban dwellers of today.

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Council, Advocates Brainstorm Ways to Protect Auto Industry

Bronx Councilmember Vanessa Gibson introduced a bill to protect auto shops from bad leases, a measure that could be useful in the event of a rezoning.

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Report Finds Rezonings Threaten Auto-Repair Industry

The Pratt Center for Community Development argues that Mayor de Blasio’s proposed rezonings could displace auto-repair shops—a vital source of employment in immigrant communities.

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