Monday, September 10, 2007
Recognizing that smaller manufacturers need affordable space — and the city needs the jobs they provide — some urban planners urged officials to rethink where industry can be located. Ron Shiffman, a veteran planner and chairman of the Industrial Retention Network, said many of the newer companies are a lot cleaner than past factories and can coexist alongside housing in mixed-use neighborhoods. He has also suggested an approach not normally associated with bricks and metal.
Having read Jane Jacobs' The Economy of Cities, the idea that New York will allow manufacturing in residential and commercial neighborhoods is quite exciting. It allows a greater variety of people to work near their jobs. It also encourages a greater mixture of people and ideas, creating an environment for innovation.