Theses Master's

Transforming Long Island City: Examining the Impacts of Rezoning

Ellmore, Sarah

In response to non-contextual development occurring in the early 20th Century, became the first city in the United States to develop zoning regulations in 1916 to control land use and bulk throughout the city. These regulations, however, are not finite as the city is continuously evolving. Since the comprehensive overhaul of the zoning text in 1961 the City has taken a more piecemeal approach and began to target specific areas for rezoning. These piecemeal rezonings have occurred over much of New York City beginning in 2001 and minimal research has been done to determine the ability of the rezonings to meet their projected goals or to determine the impacts caused on their respective communities. The aim of this thesis is to understand the changes that have occurred as a result of the rezoning of the Long Island City Queens by comparing the changes that have occurred in specified socio-demographic categories within the boundaries of the rezoning to those outside the rezoning in Long Island City from 1990 to 2013 and to examine the changes in local economy from 2000 to 2012. The thesis will use both quantitative and qualitative methods in order to gain an understanding of the changes that have resulted from the rezoning.


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Urban Planning
M.S., Columbia University
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October 22, 2015