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Urban Development During the Bloomberg Years

Monday, October 15, 2012

Lower Manhattan skyline, New York City (acmace/flickr)

With over a decade in office, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s legacy can be seen in the changing cityscape. New construction, zoning laws and bike lanes have visibility transformed city neighborhoods, but has it changed the city’s character?

Justin DavidsonNew York magazine’s architecture critic, told Leonard Lopate on Monday that the city’s 2030 Plan has really helped shape the policy and the landscape of the Big Apple. “Zoning, parks, transportation is all built around the idea that you focus develop on transportation corridors,” he said.

He said on The Leonard Lopate Show that neighborhood character is one of the most difficult things to preserve, in part, because it’s so intangible.

“Preservation is about stuff. It’s about bricks and the physicality of a neighborhood,” he explained, “but preserving the architectural legacy of Greenwich village over the last half century hasn’t done anything to slow…the change of what happens there, who lives there, what the economics of it are and the character itself.”

Listen to Leonard Lopate’s full interview with Justin Davidson below.  

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