Watch It Again: “City of Yes” with George Janes

Watch a recording of our online talk "City of Yes Explained" by urban planner and zoning expert George Janes held on January 18. The event was co-sponsored by FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and Landmark West!

Under Mayor Adam’s guidance, the New York City Department of City Planning has proposed a suite of zoning changes under the umbrella of “City of Yes”. Intended to “modernize and update our city’s zoning regulations to support small businesses, create affordable housing and promote sustainability,” this initiative comes in three parts: Zoning for Carbon Neutrality (already passed) and the currently under-review Zoning for Economic Opportunity and Zoning for Housing Opportunity. George Janes's presentation covered both the scope of the "City of Yes" and the specific impacts it would have on the Upper East and Upper West Sides.


Speaker George Janes is the principal of George M. Janes & Associates, a specialty planning firm. Janes has over 20 years of experience and often works with local governments, community boards, and community groups to help them understand how new development proposals, plans, and regulations will impact their community, or to them shape plans or regulations that serve their needs. Janes founded GMJ&A in 2008 after spending six years as Executive Director of New York City’s Environmental Simulation Center, a pioneer in the world of visualization and simulation in planning and development.

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