Filling In

The Mayor ran through a mess of ideas this morning while laying out his plan to build 165,000 affordable units, but the one that jumped out at us most was site-specific: a plan to fill in parking lots at public housing projects with 435 subsidized apartments for families earning $50,000 to $100,000, a type of Mitchell-Lama redux. We haven’t seen the plans, but it seems that these 16-22 story towers, planned for Chelsea-Elliot (9th Avenue and 26th Street), Fulton (9th and 18th) and Harborview (10th and 56th), might give the city a chance to resurrect the street wall which the Le Courbusier-inspired towers-in-a-park designs interrupted–at the cost, admittedly, of some sunlight.

Matthew Schuerman

Filling In