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NYC doesn’t have a comprehensive plan. So Brooklyn made one

The Gothamist, Arya Sundaram, Oct 10, 2023

Brooklyn would get more trees and CitiBikes, allow more multi-family housing, and get a new interborough public transit line under a comprehensive plan the borough president hopes will guide the future.

Antonio Reynoso, in his first term as borough president, recently unveiled the new plan outlining his vision for the borough, which has a population of 2.7 million, with stark differences in socioeconomic conditions among its neighborhoods.

The 201-page document includes an analysis of existing inequities in the borough, including disparities in residents’ lifespan, affordable-housing construction, and tree canopy protection.

Reynoso, who became borough resident last year after serving as a council member, has long pushed for New York City to adopt a comprehensive plan, used in most major cities to guide development. He says the absence of such a guide contributed to the inequity.

His plan offers some 200 recommendations on how to reduce disparities, including by improving and boosting access to public transit, health care and affordable housing.

“For me, it’s like a blueprint. You wouldn’t build a house without a blueprint,” Reynoso said. “And the city is installing the upstairs bathroom shower before it’s laid its foundation in some cases. And it’s just nonsensical.”

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