“Simply by re-designating Temporary Protected Status to include recent arrivals from Venezuela, thousands of asylum seekers would have their legal posture drastically altered, for the better. The Department of Homeland Security has the sole authority to make this change. It could happen with the flick of a pen.”
Just six units remain occupied at the Arlington Village complex. Now, those who remain worry about what the owners’ plan to develop the site will mean for them. “What exists now won’t exist.”
The Bronx apartment fire that killed at least 17 people Sunday has also left more than 100 families homeless, in some cases with no clear timeline for a return to their apartments.
Residents of low- to middle-income communities of color have resisted various neighborhood-level land use applications which they say will fuel gentrification and increase rents.
‘The way in which land is rezoned in this city has subsequently made it difficult for many New Yorkers to find a home, let alone stay in their homes,’ Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who co-sponsored the bill, said at a hearing last week. Advocates expect the legislation to come before a full City Council vote by April of this year.
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‘Just as the pandemic has laid bare long-standing societal issues, not created them from thin air, the Special Flushing Waterfront Project is tied to a long legacy of corporate real-estate pushing for development that will displace us.’
The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the city to the brink of a housing crisis. It is time for the city to design housing policies that retain the people who are the heart, the lungs, and the soul of New York City
Three experts on neighborhood change discuss what the G word has meant for New York City, its neighborhoods and their people.
‘The climate emergency demands densification. The Left must put forward a vision for maximizing density as part of its commitment to social justice.’
Infrastructure spending without redefining the public interest and taking steps to achieve it could miss a critical opportunity. And the short-term political impact, good or bad, could be the least of its effects.