Housing and Classrooms, Not Parking: Overcoming Zoning Gridlock in NoHo

To mitigate New York City’s housing shortage, local land use regulation should take advantage of the city’s subway transit by allowing new high-density housing in transit-rich areas. At the same time, the expansion of its higher education institutions should be supported, to ensure the educated, skilled, labor force required to keep the city as one the most productive urban areas in the nation. The NoHo neighborhood is a salient example of a failure to update land use policy. NoHo is primarily residential but not densely so. The location is one of the best for transit in Manhattan with access to seven subway lines, and constant pedestrian activity. Yet land use in NoHo does not match its transit accessibility, busy surroundings, designated landmarks and historic districts. Another peculiarity is that New York University remains mainly west of Broadway, even though NoHo would be an ideal area for the university to expand into, because of the area's low residential density. The area’s strange zoning, combined with historic district controls, hinders many suitable land uses. It keeps NoHo underdeveloped relative to its theoretical zoning, and its very accessible transit infrastructure. More sensible zoning would induce investments that would benefit the neighborhood and the city too. NoHo’s architectural heritage is an important asset, but need not impede redevelopment of sites that do not contribute to the ares’s historic character. The author concludes with several suggestions for improvements to the area's zoning regulations.


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  • Accession Number: 01705485
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 20 2019 10:57AM