Bloomberg Vs. Koslowitz: Who's Right? [Poll]

Councilwoman says plan to push back housing build to 2025 is a non-starter.

City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, D-Forest Hills, told the New York Daily News this week that she has "soured" on a plan to develop a shopping mall near Citi Field, in large part because of a plan to push back an affordable housing build.

The plan to develop Willets Point, the industrialized area near Citi Field, has been a sore spot for the city for years. Some New Yorkers saw the effort to revitalize the area using eminent domain as a symbol of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's overreach. 

Koslowitz told the Daily News that she thought the plan going forward had changed too much from what residents were promised, and that affordable housing needed to be a priority over retail.

Bloomberg has been adamant for years that the area should be developed into a neighborhood that can sustain the stadium year-round.

What do you think? Should the city be working to develop the area around Citi Field, regardless of what its neighbors think? Is pushing back affordable housing in favor of retail the right call?

Vote in our poll below and tell us what you think of the plan in the comments.

John June 15, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Queens has enough public housing. Lets make Queens a nicer place to live.
AcelaRunner June 15, 2012 at 04:00 AM
I still think Bloomberg has a plan, Koslowitz is outta touch because Willets Point is basically like a ghetto wasteland now days. With a major sporting complex and park, shopping is needed for phase one, then at later phases, housing come in, in scale. This is the key for business to move forward, because you don't want empty houses in a geographically partially-remote area where there is little to no business around. Parking should also be included in scale for both the shopping complex and housing complex.


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