NEW YORK TIMES --De Blasio’s Pick for Planning Puts Focus on Housing

From its perch as overseer of New York City’s growth, the City Planning Commission has helped mayors put their own stamp on the landscape, whether with luxury Midtown towers or a revitalized waterfront. But Mayor Bill de Blasio mostly sees the realm of zoning and land use as another means to address economic inequality.

On Friday, the mayor turned to a seasoned government and development expert, Carl Weisbrod, to lead the City Planning Commission. But Mr. de Blasio said Mr. Weisbrod, whose public service dates back to the Lindsay administration, would take a novel approach: one that looks beyond aesthetics to use the planning process to create housing and jobs and to help solve what Mr. de Blasio calls the city’s crisis of affordability.

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