Make the Road New York and Bushwick Locals Put Forth Alternative Community Rezoning Plan, Gotham Gazette Reports

Posted on September 26, 2018

Hoping to Dictate City Rezoning and Stem Gentrification, Locals Put Forth Bushwick Community Plan

Originally Published in Gotham Gazette on September 26, 2018
Written by Bianca Fortis

A years-long endeavor to protect a Brooklyn neighborhood from unwanted development and plan for its future took a major step forward over the weekend: the Bushwick Community Plan, an ambitious and collaborative effort, was formally released.

Jose Lopez, the co-director of organizing at Make the Road New York, has been heavily involved with the Bushwick Community Plan, serving on its steering committee. He recognizes that DCP will craft its own proposal for the ULURP process, but has some hope for the influence that the community plan may have.

“If there is a good rezoning where we can control growth, generate affordable housing, where we see effective tools that keep people in the homes they live in – if it’s a good rezoning, that is something we can get behind,” he said. “But our members believe that a bad rezoning is worse than no rezoning at all.”

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