Density Without High-Rises? Thoughts About Positive Urban Growth

Density Without High-Rises? Edward T. McMahon / May 11 2012 From   When it comes to land development, Americans famously dislike two things: too much sprawl and too much density. Over the past 50 years, the pendulum swung sharply in the direction of spread-out, single use, drive everywhere for everything, low density development. Now […]

Historic Preservation Saved New York!

On Sunday, April 22, 2012, the New York Daily news published an opinion piece by Edward Glaeser, a professor of Economics at Harvard, arguing that historic districts are damaging to the economic, social, and environmental health of the city because they limit new construction. HDC board member Jeffrey A. Kroessler offers this reply. In the […]

HDC Statement on Zone Green Text Amendment

Statement of the Historic Districts Council Regarding the Proposed Zone Green Text Amendment Being Considered by City Council, Zoning & Franchises Subcommittee April, 24th, 2012 The Historic Districts Council is the citywide advocate for New York’s historic neighborhoods. HDC’s mission is to protect designated landmarks and historic districts as well as neighborhoods meriting preservation.  As […]

Tell The New York Times What You Think About Preservation

Preservation is under fire….from The New York Times! In two recent NYT articles, NYT architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff and New Republic architecture critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen separately accuse the preservation community of working hand in hand with governments and developers to gentrify, emasculate, sanitize and pretty much ruin the world for everyone else. HDC believes […]

Atlantic Yards Film to Debut in Manhattan

Battle for Brooklyn “The movie…has heart, soul and chutzpah…Feisty but fairly reported…The time line that drives ‘Battle for Brooklyn’ makes it as urgent as any Hollywood thriller.” — Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News The eight-year-in-the-making film Battle for Brooklyn is an intimate and behind the scenes look at the seven year struggle over the Atlantic Yards project. […]

AIA Zoning Amendments Met With Opposition from Avella and Civic Groups

Please come to the meeting on Wednesday night to find out more about these amendments and hear what other communities are saying. From the Queens Ledger Dateline : Thursday, January 17, 2008Councilman Demands, Architect Group DeclinesBy Shane Miller The American Institute of Architects (AIA) ignored a city councilman’s demand that it withdraw a controversial proposal […]

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Speaking of forethought, what about Chinatown?

From Rob Hollander, LES Residents for Responsible Development David McWater, CB3 chair, did a great service to the Lower East Side when he extended the rezoning of the East Village to the Lower East Side south of Houston, an area urgently in need of zoning protection. Although throughout the three years since the rezoning was […]

Contextual Planning Zones To Be Amended – Informational Meeting on Wednesday, January 23 at 6:30pm

WHAT: Informational Community Meeting on Proposal to Amend Zoning Text for Contextual Zoning Districts WHEN: Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 PM WHERE: General Society for Mechanics & Tradesmen, 20 W. 44th Street. (Located in third floor classrooms of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America) Contextual zones have been embraced across New York City as […]

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The Superblock Lives. Unfortunately.

From Spotlight on the Region, a publication of the Regional Plan Association Everyone knows the Superblock is dead. Jane Jacobs put a stake in its heart 47 years ago, with her convincing analysis that large blocks decrease street life and are less versatile than smaller blocks that provide a finer-grained network of connections. While her […]

Best of 2007: Brooklyn CM Bill De Blasio Supports Special Limited Height Restriction in Cobble Hill Historic District

An addition atop the former Independence Bank Building on the corner of Court Street and Atlantic Avenue in the Cobble Hill Historic District proposed by developer Two Trees caused quite a stir this year. After some design modifications, the LPC approved the proposal but the plan still required several zoning waivers from the City Planning […]

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