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Rezoning and Race

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NYU's Furman Center is releasing what it calls the first statistical analysis of the Bloomberg administration's rezoning policy, and the analysts were surprised by the lack of new housing created by the measures. That's because 86% of the rezoned lots were downzoned to reduce or limit building capacity, preservation-minded moves more likely to occur in neighborhoods with higher white populations and higher incomes, the study found. Said one former planning commissioner, "downzoning in predominantly higher-income and white communities leads to restricted housing options for people of color and low- and moderate-income residents." [NYT]