Amanda Burden photo by David Shankbone -Creative CommonsAmanda Burden, the daughter of famed socialite Babe Paley, and now, the director of city planning, is spearheading Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s far-reaching effort to rezone nearly a quarter of New York City and reclaim the city’s waterfront.

Her populist achievements include zoning for new affordable housing in East Harlem, Brookyln and the South Bronx, as well as the massively popular High Line, an abandoned railroad track that has been transformed into a popular tourist destination in the once-gritty meatpacking neighborhood, which has seen commerce move in and property values soar in the past decade.

(READ the article w/ photo in the WS Journal)

Photo by David Shankbone -Creative Commons

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