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 […]

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 […]

Lost in Beijing and in New York?

Nicolai Ouroussoff wrote an interesting piece this weekend about the rapidly changing face of Beijing and the loss of their historic hutong neighborhoods, which reflects interestingly on what we are facing in New York. “The explosion of construction activity that has transformed Beijing into a modern metropolis over the past decade also turned many of […]

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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 […]

Best of 2007: Historic Preservation Proven as a Green Practice

At HDC’s Annual Preservation Conference this past March, keynote speaker Donovan Rypkema of PlaceEconomics argued that historic preservation is one of the most effective components of sustainable development. The adaptive reuse of older structures proves overwhelmingly beneficial to local economies and local environments in a variety of ways, from the employment of local workers to […]

Does the City Intend to Turn the Bowery Into Hotel Alley?

From Rob Hollander, LES Residents for Responsible Development AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR LOCALLY ELECTED OFFICIALS REPRESENTING THE BOWERY AND LOWER EAST SIDE To the Honorable Borough President Stringer, State Senator Connor, State Assembly Speaker Silver and Assemblymembers Glick and Kavanagh and City Councilmembers Gerson and Mendez, The Department of City Planning has removed the […]

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