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City of Yes? Or Planning Mess?
City of Yes? Or Planning Mess?

Thu, Apr 11



City of Yes? Or Planning Mess?

What does Mayor Adams' "City of Yes for Economic Opportunity" mean for our Neighborhoods

Time & Location

Apr 11, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


About the event



  • Michael Berne - Retail planning consultant, MJB Consulting
  • Laura Wolf-Powers - Professor, City University of New York Hunter College
  • Paul Graziano - Planning consultant, Associated Cultural Resource Consultants


  • George Janes - Planning consultant, George M. Janes & Associates

Join us online on April 11, 2024 at 6:30pm for our webinar "City of Yes? Or Planning Mess?"

Mayor  Eric Adams is proposing one of the most sweeping revisions to New  York's zoning code in decades. The Administration argues that these  amendments will increase the commercial dynamism of the City by  rendering land use regulations more flexible and by updating land use  categories that have been in place since 1961. Conceived in response to  perceived trends in commercial space demand and usage, the proposed  changes are meant to address long standing high rates in storefront  vacancy and volatility — a problem that intensified during the COVID  pandemic crisis.  The City's approach reflects a sense that regulatory  stringency lies, at least in part, at the root of this issue. Critics,  however, question whether a less regulated real estate market would  account for the diversity of businesses and of our neighborhoods. What  kind of city will the proposal's once-size-fits-all deregulation  produce?

To  help us discuss the merits and limitations of "City of Yes for Economic  Opportunity," we are joined by experts in the fields of land use  planning, real estate planning, and economic development.

Following the panel discussion, panelists will answer questions from the audience.

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