De Blasio Talks Faith, Congestion Pricing Gets New Look: 5 Campaign Headlines for July 31 | City Limits

Congestion Pricing, Where Are You Now?
City & State
To many of its supporters, congestion pricing is such an obvious solution that they describe it as inevitable. But since Cuomo and de Blasio took office, the rancorous pair have been united in their disinterest, even as the subway falls apart on a near-daily basis. “It’s a nice idea, but it’s been talked about for years, and it was very controversial and didn’t go anywhere,” Cuomo said in late June. “I don’t see any change in the political appetite.” Our take: Mike Bloomberg’s team showed policy wisdom in backing congestion pricing and political ineptitude in how they pushed for it; the latter seems to leave a longer aftertaste.

Some Resist Mayor’s Push for Garment Industry Rezoning
WNYC
The de Blasio Administration wants to help the garment industry — by offering manufacturers newer space, more affordable rents, longer leases, and grants — if they move to city-owned buildings in Sunset Park. … But the administration wants to do something else, too. It wants to change the zoning regulations in the Garment Center. Right now, certain buildings can only convert manufacturing space if they dedicate an equal amount to manufacturing on another floor. The city wants to lift that requirement. Our take: This question has come up at Willets Point, along Jerome Avenue and elsewhere where land-use policy makes it likely that an industrial hub will be broken up: Can those businesses really survive elsewhere? Does having any place matter more than having the place?

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