How Dense Can We Get?

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The Mayor's plan for affordable housing includes increased density. What do you think it would mean for your neighborhood? What kind of community benefits would be needed to make it work? How does this compare with your vision of the city's future? Call in and tell us what you think about increasing density. 212-433-WNYC…

Comments [10]

Elizabeth from Clinton Hill

They didn't have time to take my call, but I wanted to raise awareness about the proposed closing of historic landmark St. Luke's Lutheran Church and preschool in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. There is a meeting THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT at the parish hall behind the church (259 Washington Avenue). Leticia James and other politicians and press are going to attend. The NY Lutheran Synod organization is selling out it's parishioners and parents of the preschool to no doubt sell the land, demolish the church and school to build yet another high-rise luxury apartment which we do not need in our neighborhood. We have to look at the density issue at the expense of what we could be losing: in this case a 120 year-old church, and affordable and dependable child care. I'm a preschool parent and we have nowhere to our kids now, priced out of my own neighborhood, for new construction. Brooklyn, STAND UP and please try to attend if you are in the neighborhood! Thank you!

May. 06 2014 12:01 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

New York is a big city. Hopefully, the admin considers developing housing in areas like East New York, Brownsville, and Flatbush here in Brooklyn with decent transportation.

May. 06 2014 11:48 AM

it is not density per se, but the specifics of design integrity and human scale. 4 or 5 story max, where buildings relate to a walkable street. gathering places. being able to see the sky. keeping history. a good example might be downtown Hollywood Florida, with their attempt to integrate residential housing with the central traffic circle, park, and local businesses and restaurants. new highrises serve developers interests, not those in their shadow.

May. 06 2014 11:44 AM
Bobby G from East Village

When the 25 story towers went up on Ludlow St. it forced out Max Fish and Taylor Mead who died as a result.

May. 06 2014 11:43 AM
Josh from Brooklyn

I think transit-oriented density is one of the main things that sets NYC apart from other American cities, and mostly in a good way. Look at areas of the city unserved by transit - Mill Basin, Howard Beach, Marine Park, and much of Southeast Queens. They are nice, quiet, neighborhoods, but they are hardly models for urban development, and the commercial streets there are almost non-existent, I suspect because most people in these areas drive to larger retail centers. The more people a neighborhood has, the more vital it becomes. The key is to design incentive for landlords to keep retailers small, local, and pedestrian friendly, as density increases. This sort of thing seems to happen naturally in immigrant neighborhoods like Sunset Park, Corona, Flushing,, Brighton Beach - all areas that 20 years ago were fading fast but have been reinvigorated by immigrant "gentrication" and much increased density.

May. 06 2014 11:43 AM

By definition, civilization means cities. Whenever there has been an upsurge in trade and "globalization," large numbers of people left the land to live in towns and cities because that's where "it's happening." Where people of different skills, education, talents, backgrounds, and ethnicities rub elbows for better and for worse. And so that is where the work, the employment is, usually better and less hard than farming. So as long as there is growth in global trade and a growth in population people will choose to huddle together in cities. In many countries, some people own "summer" homes while in the US "suburbanization" became the dream for a few postwar decades, but that has faded somewhat. But the bouncing back and forth between cities and countryside will continue back and forth over in the future as it has in the past.

May. 06 2014 11:40 AM
Ken from Bronx

If my neighborhood was more dense, maybe we could support a Dry Cleaners or some specialty stores.

If there are not enough PEOPLE to support interesting businesses, you get nothing but bodegas and 99¢ stores for blocks...and blocks...and blocks...

May. 06 2014 11:37 AM
fuva from harlemworld

How to control density? Or does the population naturally ebb and flow?

May. 06 2014 11:36 AM

How dense can we get? Go to Singapore or Tokyo to find out :)

May. 06 2014 11:16 AM
Sherrie NAGIN from Manhattan

For woman wanting to rent to hospital residents, try to contact dept that issues hospital newsletter to put in a listings, or ask for office of interns and residents.

May. 06 2014 10:11 AM

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