Soho Rezoning Annotated Bibliography

Hughes, C. (2017, December 20). Seven steps to influencing zoning change in your community. ELCR. 

This source informs readers on how to influence a proposal for rezoning by breaking down the process into seven steps. It further discusses possible methods to respond to each phase of the process as well as what to know and who to contact inorder to influence the approval of the rezoning application.

Jan, T. (2019, April 27). Redlining was banned 50 years ago. It’s still hurting minorities today. The Washington Post.

This piece was published by the Washington Post and was written by reporter Tracy Jan who covers the issues at the confluence of race and the economy. Knowing which groups will be impacted is useful. This explains why urban areas frequently ignore the needs of residents in various ethnic neighborhoods. They are the ones who will no longer be able to live there if that neighborhood becomes wealthy due to the increased expenses.

Jelleyman, T., and Spencer, N. (2008). Residential mobility in childhood and health outcomes: Systematic review. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 62(7), 584-592.

This source tells us the way in which constant gentrification is harmful not only in terms of increasing imbalance between groups of people who have different incomes but also in terms of the mental state of people. It talks about the consequences of how children and teens can be victims of depression because of frequent displacements, and how the quality of education and adults’ health can deteriorate.

National Geographic Society. (2022, May). Gentrification.

This website explains the meaning of gentrification and how this affects people and its low resources. This will help us to explain the gentrification problem in our podcast.

NYC Planning. (2021). Soho/NoHo neighborhood plan.

This is the official New York City government site about the plan for Soho and Noho rezoning. It tells us about the general goals of the plan to expand housing opportunities and continue to support economic and cultural success. There are also links to various fact sheets and other documents that talk about the benefits of the development plan and this will provide information that support why the rezoning of Soho and Noho (and Chinatown) will be beneficial to the city and neighborhoods.

NYC Planning, (n.d.)  ZoLa New York City’s zoning and land use map. [Interactive Maps].

Zola is an interactive map of New York City that shows the land use and explains the regulations and building codes for different areas in New York. This website will help us understand how the SoHo rezoning for commercial use will affect the residential neighborhoods such as Chinatown. 

Plitt, A. (2018, August 24). These NYC neighborhoods saw rents grow the fastest since 2010. Curbed NY.

This article assists in providing a simple example to clear up readers’ confusion regarding gentrification. This further clarified the term by using examples of actual neighborhoods that have undergone gentrification in recent years. The article provides insight into how those with lesser incomes have been affected by the area’s rapid rent rise and how they are being compelled to leave the houses they have called home for a long time.

Tenants PAC. (2021). TENANTSPAC testimony.

This is a testimonial written by Tenants PAC, an organization that raises money to support political candidates that are pro-tenant. It states some reasons that a rezoning and upzoning of Soho and Noho will not be beneficial to residents living in these areas, as well as changes that should be made in favor of the tenants. This will be good information supporting the con side of what we are researching and the site also has lots of easy to understand information regarding the rezoning plan and other resources readers can go to support.

Vactor, W. V. (2016, May 26). How can I stop the city from rezoning my neighborhood?

Unlike the other source which discusses how to influence a rezoning proposal while remaining neutral, this source discusses how to stop the city from rezoning neighborhoods. The source also breaks down the process into phases and similarly mentions understanding the coding in the neighborhood in order to object to certain proposals.