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Density Hawks consider using City services as blackmail for higher density

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Here comes another affordable housing scheme. This one is being fronted by Carol Schatz, as Henry Cisneros and even the Mayor himself are now damaged goods.

The idea is to introduce "enterprise zones" for developers, the way the City tried (and failed) to do twenty years ago for would-be inner city enterpreneurs. Businesses now would like to blackmail neighborhoods into increasing their own density by withholding ordinary city services unless the neighborhoods play ball with them let more units in.

That may cause even more congestion than already exists, but it would also give existing viable commericial businesses a veritable license to print money.

The Times scribe manages to find...wait for it...Peter Dreier to comment.