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Study Says Gowanus Rezoning Will Be Net Positive for Diversity

The proposed rezoning of Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood has the clear potential to be a net positive for racial equity, increasing racial integration and countering local exclusionary development trends. That’s the top-line conclusion of a study conducted by the Fifth Avenue Committee and released by the City Council’s Land Use division. 

The catalyst for the rezoning’s positive impact on racial doversity is its proposal to add nearly 3,000 units of affordable housing inw what is otherwise a high-cost, high-opportunity neighborhood. If current trends continue, the area will likely continue to grow more expensive, exclusive, wealthier, and less diverse. 

Further, the report proposes additional policy levers to increase racial diversity in high-opportunity areas, discusses challenges and policy measures to ensure future equitable economic development and job growth in Gowanus, and takes an in-depth look at the history of racial segregation and impediments to Fair Housing implementation in New York City. 


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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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