Yes to a Living City: Applying Jacobs’s Principles to New York’s Rezoning

Source: Liberal Currents
by Nick Felker

“Later this year New York City’s council will vote on the mayor’s ambitious rezoning, the City of Yes. This change will reform the zoning code in numerous ways, including allowing for Accessory Dwelling Units, Single-Room Occupancies, infill housing, and by-right mixed-use buildings across the city. These changes are a once-in-a-generation shift in the city’s land-use, with the last major changes occurring in the 1960s. In 1961, the urbanist writer Jane Jacobs wrote The Life and Death of Great American Cities, where she laid out a number of problems in then-present urban planning. Since it was published, we have seen the consequences of those planning policies. Today, it is time to re-evaluate what Jane Jacobs wrote and why the City of Yes is the right path forward.” (07/08/24)