Density And The 'Downzoning Uprising'

Density means vitality and energy for a city...as long as it is not too close to home.
October 12, 2005, 8am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"In what some housing experts are calling "the downzoning uprising," communities throughout the city want to see an end to an influx of apartments, additional people, and what they consider McMansions - and to preserve neighborhoods of limestone town houses, 1950's ranch houses, even humble wood-frame houses wrapped in aluminum siding...

The downzoning issue also underscores the ambivalence of many New Yorkers toward density. New Yorkers celebrate the city's vitality, changeability and allure, and many recognize density as somehow crucial to New York's energy and life. Yet they balk at the prospect of too much density and change close to home - their homes."

Thanks to Anne Hersch

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Published on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 in The New York Times
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