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A New Generation of Community-Led Planning in New York
Oscar Perry Abello's examination of the ongoing community-led opposition to a proposed rezoning in the Inwood neighborhood in Manhattan starts in July 2018, at the "Block Party for a Just Rezoning," organized by Northern Manhattan Is Not For Sale, an all-volunteer coalition of Inwood residents and business owners.
"The organizers hoped to use the occasion to pressure their local council member to nix a city-driven rezoning plan and instead follow an alternative the coalition had proposed," according to Abello. That hope has given way to an ongoing political battle, and a recent legal win, after a judge ruled that the city had failed to consider the racial impact of zoning changes, and sent the plan back to the drawing table.
Abello, who covered the court decision in June for Next City, is writing this story for a new publication with a little more space to examine the Inwood story and other examples of immigrant communities starting to "win major victories against developers and even City Hall, pushing back against changes that they fear would result in the loss of their neighborhoods."
As a first step, as detailed in the article, is the challenge of translating the jargon and minutiae of planning to largely immigrant communities. For examples of that work, Abello explores beyond Inwood, citing the work of Queens Neighborhoods United as an example.
- New York
- Community / Economic Development
- Land Use
- Social / Demographics
- Urban Development
- New York City
- Inwood NYC Action Plan
- Uniform Land Use Review Procedure
- Community-Based Planning
- Community Empowerment
- Northern Manhattan Is Not For Sale
- Queens Neighborhoods United
- Neighborhood Plans
- NYC Department of City Planning
- Racial Impact Analysis
- Legal Controversies
- Mayor Bill de Blasio