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Abstract

Since the last update over 30 years ago, there is a need to once again change our zoning laws. Over the years, societal concerns and priorities have fluctuated with the times and, as a result, exceptions have been made to the zoning regulations which reflect these changing social interests. The result is a Zoning Resolution which stands at 806 pages (and still counting). It is an ad-hoc, convoluted, chaotic non-plan for the City, held together by binders rather than a common vision. This essay examines the zoning history of New York City and concludes that a new Comprehensive Reassessment, which will guide future development in accordance with the needs and values of today's society, is needed to unify the goals of city planning and to reinvigorate the potential effectiveness of zoning in New York City.

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