Judge rules NYC development plan would perpetuate segregation

A state Supreme Court judge has put the brakes on a New York City plan to develop public housing in a Brooklyn neighborhood, a proposal she said would “perpetuate” racial segregation.

In a decision released Wednesday, Manhattan Justice Emily Jane Goodman issued a preliminary injunction halting the city’s development proposal, ruling that claims the plan would primarily favor white and Hasidic residents over blacks and Hispanics were “likely” to succeed under the federal Fair Housing Act.

“The three proposed developments will not only not foster integration of the neighborhood, but it will perpetuate segregation in the Broadway Triangle,” Goodman wrote. “Further, defendants have not demonstrated that their policies and actions are furthered by legitimate interests, which cannot be satisfied by lesser, non-discriminatory alternatives.”

Judge rules NYC development plan would perpetuate segregation.


About Bob Voelker

Vice President and General Counsel, StreetLights Residential - Building Places that Life the Human Spirit.
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