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Nevertheless, Chakrabarti, an architect and developer who led the firm Related Companies’ rezoning applications for the Hudson Yards project in Midtown Manhattan, insists that he is “dead serious” about realizing this plan; he and his colleagues at CURE intend to release a full report to the public this summer.

The best argument in favor of LoLo, Chakrabarti says, is that it would be good for the planet. He points out that city dwellers, with their small homes and use of public transportation, tend to have moderate carbon footprints.

“In the next few decades, New York City’s population is projected to grow at a much slower pace than the region’s suburban population,” he says. “That’s not good. We should be doing everything possible to make room for more people in the city.”

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