Jumaane Williams (Office of the Public Advocate / Twitter.com)
New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has introduced a bill that would require city rezoning proposals to conduct “racial impact studies” to stop segregation in the city’s housing.
Williams introduced the bill to the New York City Council on Wednesday, May 29. The proposed bill would conduct an analysis of racial and ethnic impacts resulting from rezonings and other land use in the city. The analysis would determine whether a rezoning project would “further fair housing within the meaning of the Fair Housing Act,” the bill read.
The Fair Housing Act protects potential homeowners and renters from being discriminated against on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, and other factors.
“Rezonings are one of the primary drivers of gentrification, which leads to displacement, which leads to racial segregation,” Williams said to The New York Daily News.
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