"Business as Usual" or "Just Business"? A critical comparison of industrial rezonings

Authors: Emily Holloway*, CUNY Graduate Center
Topics: Land Use, Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Geography
Keywords: gentrification, New York City, industrial land use, economic development
Session Type: Paper
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Municipal zoning policies, particularly those enacted in competitive land markets like New York City, can have the effect of accelerating and even initiating processes of gentrification in economically-disadvantaged neighborhoods. The recently approved rezoning of the Jerome Avenue area of the Bronx, despite several informal victories in tenant protections and incumbent resident participation, fails to reconceive neighborhood development strategies that have proven negative consequences. The forthcoming restructuring of the area is reminiscent of the 2006 North Brooklyn rezoning, which severely diminished access to manufacturing and industrial land for firms and workers and shifted the balance of employment and affordability for the community. This paper underlines the significant similarities between the Jerome Avenue and North Brooklyn rezonings to demonstrate both the continuity of political ideology vis-a-vis land use decisions between two mayoral administrations and the probability of gentrification on Jerome Avenue

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