2:17 pm Oct. 18, 2012
Bill Thompson, who's running for mayor next year, thinks the city's proposed rezoning of the area around Grand Central Terminal to allow for much taller buildings is happening way too quickly.
"There seems to be a rush to get this done in the next 14 months, while Mike Bloomberg is still in City Hall," said the former comptroller today, at a conference hosted by the Municipal Art Society.
"I think that is a mistake. I believe in growth, but I believe in growth—I'll call it 'smart growth'—growth that's inclusive, growth that listens to the voices in communities, as well as the development community."
"I think it is a recipe in the long run for disaster," he added.
Thompson's words of caution against too hastily rezoning Midtown East are unlikely to endear him to the real estate community, which argues that replacing many of the aged buildings in Midtown East with more modern skyscrapers is integral to the city's competitiveness.
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