Theses Master's

Socio-economic impact of zoning and policy changes within the community of Long Island City

Arpi Palacios, Ana María

This project aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the social and economic impacts of zoning and land use policy changes in Long Island City (LIC). This study analyzes how previous up-zonings as well as current and upcoming projects created to modify policies, zoning requirements, and regulations have significantly impacted residents, business owners, and the built environment in Long Island City.

This research aims to understand the positive and negative impacts of these modifications on the community of LIC and identify who is the most impacted by them. Based on previous and ongoing shifts in policy, this work seems to shed light on the challenges and needs of the community in LIC. This research will employ a mixed methods approach; the qualitative research, being the main focus of this study, will be carried out in two phases.

Phase one will be based on archival research, including examining existing literature on the historical background of the area, up-zoning, and comprehensive plans proposed in LIC. Phase two will conduct interviews with three different groups of stakeholders: residents, business owners, and officials working for community organizations and community boards. The quantitative approach will include a physical analysis of existing infrastructure and will be based on an analysis of the public open data of the neighborhood.

This research will compare and describe LIC characteristics related to demographics, occupancy, and zoning in 2012 and 2022, zooming in on the current state of two study areas: Jackson Avenue and Northern Boulevard. Beyond data analysis and mapping, this research strives to capture the diverse perspectives of residents, business owners, and community members on LIC development. The ultimate goal of this research is to provide valuable insights that can inform future policy decisions in Long Island City.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
Slater, Thomas S. J.
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
June 5, 2024