Zooming in on zoning: Reframing the Discourse Surrounding Up-Zoning Policy in Equitable Urban Development
Up-Zoned Out!
In collaboration with Lance Punay
Advised by Alanna Browdy, and Daniel Froehlich
How have varying demographic and housing-characteristics of neighborhoods changed relative to up-zoned areas in Brooklyn, New York, from 2013-2019
Within the current housing crisis in New York City, policy makers have been exploring proactive approaches in using rezoning as a measure to encourage additional development, and subsequently, increase housing supply within the City. Up-zonings, in particular, are critical to this process as they increase the overall allowable bulk, density, and size of developments in certain areas beyond what the existing zoning designations and regulations permit. In 2007, the Bloomberg Administration introduced PlaNYC 2030, a long-term comprehensive plan for the City, which notably included the goal of creating housing for more than 1 million New Yorkers. The legacy of up-zoning continued well into the De Blasio administration with the East New York Neighborhood Plan: an anchor as the mayor's first large scale rezoning policy. However, up-zoning, in many cases remains an enigma in its actual ability to do as is promised.

As such, there lies a unique opportunity to study up-zoning through a spatial lens by investigating this phenomena across varying demographic and built environment characteristics. In doing so, the report seeks to look into what has changed with up-zoning, if anything at all.
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ArcGIS Pro, Python, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, NYC Open Data, Census Data
Geographically Weighted Regression, OLS Regression, Model Builder, Spatial and Summary Statistics, Geoprocessing, Proportional Split, Gaussian Analysis