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The man who literally wrote the book on New York, Columbia professor Kenneth T. Jackson, has weighed in on the much-debated Midtown East rezoning proposal that is up for a City Council vote in October. Spoiler alert: he's totally in favor, offering up a bunch of historical context to back up his position. He argues that density is a good thing as long as public transit can keep up: "New York is for those who want to be part of the tumble and the tide and who are comfortable with diversity and crowding on a daily basis. And recall that Manhattan was 47 percent denser in 1910 than it was in 2012 (2.3 million residents in 1910 and only 1.6 million a century later)." His whole essay is worth a read. [NYT; previously]