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Queen of Rezoning

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The Times examines the tenure of City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden, rehashing the argument over whether or not her 115 rezoning plans have improved or gentrified the affected 10,300 blocks. Proponents point to the High Line as the ultimate success story, but one local resident says the park is just another aspect of gentrification: "The High Line didn’t create any new affordable housing, only condominiums for the rich, and the park itself has no open spaces for kids, but is more something for tourists to walk through." Burden counters that "gentrification is merely a pejorative term for necessary growth." [NYT]