5 thoughts on “Brewer Votes No With Conditions on Inwood Rezoning

  1. “While I do support a rezoning of Inwood, I cannot support the rezoning as proposed”

    My thoughts exactly. Kudos to the BP for a thorough report. The city is fully capable of coming back with a better plan that creates fewer problems and brings more benefits. Let’s see if they can.

    My personal preference would be for more schools, art spaces and parks — exactly zero of which are included in the current upzoning of 14,000+ new residents — combined with rezonings that were not so outrageously aggressive in their density. When you are dealing with vacant industrial land, you don’t have to go right to 30 stories to create a meaningful amount of housing. Cutting and pasting what already works in Inwood so well would be more ideal.

  2. The Borough President requested of two groups in Inwood that they come up with alternative plans to the City’s. So five groups got together and came up with Uptown United Platform. She barely mentioned it in her 34 pages and didn’t say hardly anything about EDC’s plan that in its outrageous scale of development (putting 30 story buildings in a 6 story neighborhood) and the myriad of big impacts to our environment, infrastructure (which is the City’s oldest), traffic (where Inwood has five ways in and out which are easily and often bottlenecked already), transit (where you can’t get a seat on the subway at midnight, forget rush hour), and there are already too few services (witness the facebook group dedicated to keeping track of overcrowding at the Inwood 10034 post office). The City has a history of low-balling the predicted scale of development (witness City Limits article – they predicted 300 got 10,000 apartments). Why did she not say anything about these things in 34 pages?

    • I don’t know what train you’re referring to – it must be the 1. But the A has plenty of seats most times, and usually even has seats during rush hour. And that’s the train I would take to the neighborhood at issue.

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