Bloomberg’s Legacy and Beyond


    A series of articles in the New York Times over the weekend examined Bloomberg’s controversial legacy. Under his 12-year tenure, 37 percent of the city was rezoned, including the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront. Other changes: The building of Barclays Center, 450 miles of new bike lanes across the city, the Citi Bike bike sharing program, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and an additional 170,000 units of housing. Critics say Bloomberg’s policies ushered in the gentrification of Brooklyn. As New York prepares to elect a new mayor, candidates are pushing for mandatory inclusionary zoning, which would increase the amount of low-cost rentals and condos that actually get built alongside privately developed new construction. Click through to the Times story to see interactive graphics that show before and after shots of the Williamsburg waterfront. Do you think Bloomberg’s policies were a positive or negative for Brooklyn? And what should the new mayor do?

    Bike Lanes, Rezoning: How Bloomberg Reshaped New York [NY Times]
    Return of Rent Control: Candidates Push for Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning [NY Observer]

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