We got a dozen East New York residents and advocates to talk about life before and after the rezoning. Concerns are clear but optimism remains.
The city’s planning and housing commissioners review progress in East New York one year after the major rezoning there.
Al Scott and Alexa Kasdan |
‘In this charged political moment, where New Yorkers are concerned about displacement and anxious about the future of their communities, the mayor and City Council need to build on their commitment to transparency.’
Though the rezoning continues to be controversial and advocates say harassment is on the rise, the administration says it has already begun to deliver on a number of the negotiated benefits.
Touting community benefits, Councilman Rafael Espinal supported the rezoning of East New York in April. We checked in with him on the impact of the rezoning—and the delivery on promises—so far.
East New York has long faced problems like poverty, disinvestment and crime. Now its worries concern gentrification and displacement. In a neighborhood confronting so many different risks, what role can community artists play?
Gotham Gazette and City Limits review the week in housing policy news, from the Democratic candidates touring NYCHA buildings, to Mayor de Blasio winning another vote in favor of rezoning.
As housing justice advocates across the city review the outcomes in East New York, many say the results attest to the power of community organizing, especially when stakeholders put forth detailed policy alternatives.