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NYC Council Votes To Rezone Gowanus, Brooklyn

New York's Brooklyn Bridge is one of more than 47,000 bridges identified as "structurally deficient," according to the annual report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

The New York City council has approved the rezoning of Gowanus, Brooklyn which had been in the works for years. The rezoning of an 82 block stretch of Gowanus will include 85 hundred new homes and three thousand of those will be affordable units. The plan also includes hundreds of millions of dollars for investments into parks, infrastructure, and improvements to public housing developments. Vicki Been is the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development.

“It will make the wonderful Gowanus neighborhood fairer, more resilient and more diverse while preserving its very funky charm and its distinct history.”

Critics of the rezoning are concerned it will disrupt the canal cleanup and that added homes will worsen sewage and flooding problems.