The Evolution of Bloomberg's New York
From the controversial rezoning of a third of the city to (mostly) lauded bicycle and pedestrian projects, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made a lasting mark on the built environment of New York City. This feature takes viewers on a flyover tour of the areas that have changed the most since Bloomberg took office in 2001, while also providing context from both his supporters and detractors.
On the major rezoning: "Mr. Bloomberg and Amanda M. Burden, director of the Department of City Planning, rezoned 37 percent of the city and claimed credit for creating opportunities for high-density growth along subway corridors while preserving low-density neighborhoods. Critics said that this simply cleared the way for gentrification and that the city fell behind on building affordable housing for lower-income New Yorkers."