We cannot continue to uphold zoning for “character” to such an extent that we leave communities stunted for growth AND community members on the streets and in unstable situations.
Our elected leaders can bring about meaningful improvement in the economies of particular places through policies that address what we’ve learned from the shortcomings of the Opportunity Zone incentive and other similar laws.
“In the city’s hands for almost three decades, the vacant, landmarked Kingsbridge Armory—the world’s largest, built in 1917 for the National Guard—is still empty, despite a deal seemingly sealed in 2012.”
Once a seemingly promising structure to ensure that real estate groups don’t run roughshod over local neighborhoods in development deals—and still a common practice in other cities—CBAs are now disdained by many New York City community groups and developers alike. The mechanism’s demise is a lesson, development experts say, in both the strength and limitations of demanding concessions in exchange for neighborhood-changing construction projects.
‘The narrative that New York is anti-business, triggered by the recent defeat of the Industry City proposal, is not only misleading, but simplistic.’
A judge ruled that the neighborhood organizations that brought the suit were right in arguing that the city had failed to abide by zoning rules governing ‘large-scale residential districts’ like Two Bridges.
The administration says it’s providing additional services to support small businesses, but Inwood businesses argue the current rezoning proposal would trigger displacement.
Local officials and the EDC say the strategy they unveiled this week reflects a healthy amount of community input. But it’s still unclear whether the city’s rezoning pitch will ease or exacerbate some of the community’s deepest concerns.
The fight over the Kingsbridge Armory, above, ended in a great victory for the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. But it also forced a rethink over strategy, and a move toward controlling economic development rather than reacting to it.