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WNYC News

Community Board to Vote on One Vanderbilt Proposal

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WNYC
A task force will decide whether to approve zoning changes that would allow for a 65-story office tower at One Vanderbilt.

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WNYC News

NYC Plan to Amp Up Industry and Manufacturing

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WNYC
The City Council recommends using land use policy changes as a way to create and preserve manufacturing and industry jobs.

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WNYC News

There Are Still Places in New York Where You Can’t Build Highrises

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WNYC

Areas of Brooklyn that could be prime housing are zoned for industrial use. The city needs more housing, so it could rezone. But the mayor also has aspirations for a resurgent industrial sector.

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Community

Can You Have "Separate But Equal" Affordable Housing?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WNYC

Plans to have separate entrances for affordable housing and other residents of a new development have put the issue of "Inclusionary Zoning" back in the news. Brad Lander, Brooklyn City Councilman (D 39 - Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, and Kensington) talks about the overall success and failure of affordable housing policy, and his call for mandatory inclusionary zoning.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Can You Have "Separate But Equal" Affordable Housing?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Plans to have separate entrances for affordable housing and other residents of a new development have put the issue of "Inclusionary Zoning" back in the news. Brad Lander, Brooklyn City Councilman (D 39 - Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, and Kensington) talks about the overall success and failure of affordable housing policy, and his call for mandatory inclusionary zoning.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Midtown East Rezoning, Revised

Monday, August 05, 2013

In response to criticism of his plans for a revamped Midtown East business district, Mayor Bloomberg has added more housing and public space to the proposal for taller office buildings.  Laura KusistoWall Street Journal reporter covering economic development in New York, including housing, jobs, hospitals and city planning, talks about the prospects of the plan.

 

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Transportation Nation

In About Face on Parking Minimum Plan, DC Appeases Car Owner Concerns

Friday, July 12, 2013

WAMU

In D.C. a zoning proposal is a proxy debate for philosophies over what the city should be, and what roles cars should play in it. Today, on WAMU, a key planning official announces an about face on a contentious proposal to removing parking minimum requirements in some circumstances. 

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WNYC News

New York, the Vertical City, Kept Rising Under Bloomberg

Monday, July 08, 2013

WNYC

How the city went from terrorist victim to the over-successful city in 12 short years.

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Transportation Nation

Sea Walls, Wetlands, and Porous Streets: Designing a Storm-Proof New York City

Monday, November 12, 2012

Storm damage in Sea Gate, Brooklyn (photo courtesy of NYC Mayor's Office Photo/ Edward Reed)

Would a $20 billion sea wall, stretching from Sandy Hook to the Rockaways, have prevented damage done to New York by Hurricane Sandy's storm surge?

Engineer Fletcher Griffis, speaking on Monday's Brian Lehrer Show, says yes -- "but gosh knows what it will do to the ecology in New York Bay."

Other ideas kicked around during the interview: porous roadways that could reduce flooding,  increased wetlands, and "soft" solutions like zoning changes and ending subsidies for flood insurance.

Listen to the interview below. And check out a data visualization from the U.S. Census Bureau about population growth near the coastline.

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WNYC News

Living on the Edge

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Look at a New York City evacuation map and you’ll notice something about many of the red areas along the water’s edge: they correspond to areas that the Bloomberg administration hopes will catch on as new residential neighborhoods.

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Schoolbook

Queens School Faces Heavy Demand on Eve of Kindergarten Deadline

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

For thousands of New York City parents preparing to send their children to kindergarten this fall, application season can be a time of stress because some crowded public schools can’t guarantee a seat. One elementary school in the Queens neighborhood of Ridgewood is among those feeling the squeeze.

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: Bicycling on the Rise in China, NYC May Update Ancient Parking Zoning Rules

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Top stories on TN:

The ARC tunnel dispute fueled rancor between NJ Governor Christie and the Obama administration. (Link)

Why is it going to take 8 months to put more L trains into service? The MTA and transit union blame each other. (Link)

Special parking for car share programs is being piloted in San Francisco. (Link)

Rand Paul: forget beautification, spend money on fixing infrastructure beasts. (Link)

Questions about subway service? Call 511 (photo by Kate Hinds)

Want to reach New York's MTA? Dial 511. (NY Observer)

Bicycling is on the rise in China. (NPR)

NYC may be getting ready to update the ancient zoning rules regulating parking spaces in the outer boroughs. (Crain's NY)

NJ Transit approved the $95 million settlement with the federal government over the canceled ARC tunnel. (AP via NJ.com)

A look at email correspondence between opponents of a Brooklyn bike lane, pre-lawsuit. (Streetsblog)

Virginia governor: EPA regulations are "job-killing." (WAMU)

NY Daily News editorial: MTA inspector general must investigate LIRR service disruptions, emergency responses.

The head of the Chicago Transit Authority blames the union for the agency's $277 million gap; the union says 'it's not us.' (WBEZ)

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

SoHo Lofts: Artists-Only

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A long-standing law states that certain SoHo lofts be allocated for city-certified artists. Christine Haughney, New York Times Metro reporter, discusses the recent crackdown on tenants skirting the regulations.

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WNYC News

Queens, West Village Rezoning Will Preserve Neighborhoods' Character

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The City Council approved the largest zoning amendment in Queens history on Wednesday. The amendment will help maintain the character of three Queens neighborhoods by preserving the the low density, suburban feel of hundreds of blocks. A smaller area in the West Village was also rezoned.

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WNYC News

Main Street NYC: Bowery Neighbors Seek Tighter Zoning Regs

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Doris Diether, seated, and Councilmember Alan Gerson speaking at a meeting of the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.

Doris Diether, seated, and Councilmember Alan Gerson speaking at a meeting of the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.

While the sputtering economy may be stalling some development ...

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