Dec. 7, 2019 By Kristen Torres
Elected officials and civic groups are banding together in an effort to make it mandatory for the city and developers to study the racial impacts of a rezoning.
Council Members Antonio Reynoso, Rafael Salamanca and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams appeared alongside advocates Wednesday calling on the Council to pass legislation that would require the city to predict demographical changes in an area before a neighborhood rezoning.
The group gathered to present a study completed by Churches United for Fair Housing, a NYC-based advocacy group. The study, entitled Zoning & Racialized Displacement in NYC, revealed that after a number of city-led neighborhood rezonings, areas such as Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Park Slope experienced unanticipated demographical changes.