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Harlem Rezoning Fight Continues
April 1st, 2008

Last month, the Department of City Planning approved a major rezoning of a 24 block area of Harlem from Broadway to Second Avenue and between 124th and 126th streets, but both opponents and supporters of the plan are stillfighting hard in the final weeks leading up to a City Council vote on the measure.

The New York Times features an article on members of a group called Voices of Everyday People, which is hoping to use an obscure clause in the 110-year-old City Charter to block the rezoning.

Also, the Times blog City Room reports that Harlem Council Member Inez Dickens does not support the rezoning plan, citing concerns about “displacement, overdevelopment and gentrification.”

The New York Sun opinion page weighs in today, arguing that “if anything, the city’s plan goes too far in the direction of requiring affordable housing.”

And the blog Lost City thinks there is at least one good aspect of the rezoning plan: it restricts banks from opening along ground floor of new buildings on 125th street.

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