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News: Urban Planning

Borough's Community Boards Push for Greater Impact

Training members and securing funds to hire city planning advisers is critical, officials say.

For Sunset Park, Proposed BRT Routes Could Help Foster Jobs

After a campaign pledge by Mayor de Blasio, a report suggests eight new bus routes around the city that would help fulfill it.

Negotiations Over Armory End as Vote Nears

The developer of a proposed ice-center and its community allies are no longer attempting to sway Councilman Fernando Cabrera to support their plan for the Kingsbridge Armory.

Pols Aggressively Shaping Bronx Community Boards

The sway that the borough president and councilmembers have over the boards isn't new. But the past year has seen several high-profile instances of officials using that power.

Upstate Cities See New Growth Amid Fiscal Crisis

Dented by population loss and industrial decline, cities like Rochester and Buffalo see a future in higher-ed and high-tech. But fiscal woes could hamstring those hopes.

Coney Island's Invisible Towers

The Bloomberg administration has rolled the dice on a major rezoning and costly infrastructure upgrades in Coney Island. Will the hoped-for development ever appear?

Federal Funds Have City Planners Eyeing East New York, Bronx

A federal planning grant to be shared among several governments on either side of the New York-Connecticut border aims for transit-oriented development.

Quitting Time: A Factory's Fall, A Neighborhood's Fallout

The 2007 closure of a Pfizer factory in Brooklyn was a milestone in manufacturing's retreat from the borough. Chapter three of "Brooklyn: The Borough Behind The Brand" looks at what it's meant for a neighborhood and its residents.

How Big Is Too Big For New York City?

New York City is supposed to grow by more than 600,000 people between now and 2030, and it could grow more after that. Is there a point when the Big Apple will be too big?

Waking the Dead

Lomex. Robert Moses. Westway. Jane Jacobs. What New York's planning past tells us about its future.

On The Move

The city's transit system is better than you think. It's also under more strain than politicians admit.

Five Boroughs. One City. No Plan.

Is the city's failure to plan a plan for failure?

Roads, Rails, Rezoning: Dreams For A Better NYC

Over the past century, no one has thought more about New York's physical and economic growth than the Regional Plan Association. Read a sampling of their past plans for the city's future.

Whose Dreams Will Decide?

The push for neighborhoods to have more than a voice.

The Casualties

"A lot of small businesses aren't getting the assistance they need to become more competitive."

Development, Zoning Fights Fuel Push For NYC Roadmap

In the new issue of City Limits, a look at the growing calls for New York to take a more comprehensive—and inclusive—approach to planning its physical future.

Can a Year-Round Coney Island Succeed?

After seven years of legal wrangling, hundreds of millions of dollars in city expense, and the eviction of many of Coney Island's historic amusement operators, the island is still seasonal.

The Life And Death Of The Mom-n-Pop

Small businesses help make New York's neighborhoods. But as the next issue of City Limits reports, economic trends and policy decisions are threatening their survival.

Bloomberg Deputy's Legacy, From Yankee Stadium To Hudson Yards

Nearly three years after Mayor Bloomberg's powerful deputy mayor and development czar Dan Doctoroff left City Hall, we check in on some of the major—and controversial—projects launched during his tenure.

Electric Car Infrastructure Coming To NYC

New York got its first public charging station for electric cars earlier this month. More are coming, as industry analysts predict that soon the country will be demanding the cars.


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The Department of City Planning assists government organizations and the public by promoting the strategic growth of the city. The organization's decisions are backed by consensus-based zoning changes for smaller neighborhoods and crowded business districts.

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NYC's Housing Crunch is Part of National Crisis - Jarrett Murphy

A new report finds renters are being priced out of housing across the country—not because of a lack of supply, but because of the inadequacy of our incomes.

For New Planning Chief, Process as Important as Product - Jarrett Murphy

Carl Weisbrod will have huge influence over individual rezoning plans. But some planners want him to think more about the process the city uses to plot its future course.

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EVENTS

Passive House 101 for Affordable Housing

Friday, April 18, 2014
9:00a - 11:00a

The Real Estate Show, What Next: 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014
12:00p - 6:00p

Multifamily Resiliency Measures

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
9:00p - 11:00p

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CONVERSATIONS/OPINONS

NYC's Silent Infrastructure Challenge: Aging Public Buildings

By Adam Forman

NYC's Silent Infrastructure Challenge: Aging Public Buildings

When New Yorkers think about aging infrastructure, bridges, roads and pipes come to mind. But schools, hospitals, jails and other public buildings aren't getting any younger, either.

City Shouldn't Overload Bronx Nabe With Social Services

By Jay Shuffield

City Shouldn't Overload Bronx Nabe With Social Services

This Bronx resident says a planned concentration of supportive housing and other social services in his neighborhood threatens to undermine city plans to spur investment.

America's Cities Shaped (and Mishaped) by Rules

By Emily Talen

America's Cities Shaped (and Mishaped) by Rules

Zoning laws, building codes and other regulations can seem like bureaucratic obscurities. But, says this author, they have a powerful—and often negative—impact on urban areas.

Planning For Cities' Future Must Be Fair

By Arlene Rodriguez

Planning For Cities' Future Must Be Fair

As the Regional Plan Association convenes its annual assembly, one participant notes that along with efficiency and the environment, equity must be a goal of urban planners.

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MULTIMEDIA

Anatomy of a Sign- NYC DOT

Directed By Robert Hooman The NYC DOT fabricates, maintains and installs over 1 million signs a year and roughly 9000 a month. All this is done with just 22 people out of a workshop in Maspeth Queens. The unsung heros of the NYC DOT put a lot of hard work and dedication into maintaining our city's infrastructure and it was fitting and very satisfying to make a film about them and put a little spotlight on their hard work.

NYC Coastal Storm Hazard Analysis

According to the New York City Office of Emergency Management, some 2.3 million people live within areas of the city that would be at dire risk in a category 3 or 4 Hurricane storm.

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