Willets Point and Manhattanville are two of Schiffman’s favorite examples of the failings of Doctoroff’s most celebrated and least criticized effort: the package of sustainability initiatives known as PlaNYC. As the city has rezoned manufacturing districts citywide to make way for admittedly necessary housing, it has squandered the possibility to repurpose those facilities for sustainable manufacturing purposes. “You can’t outsource the retrofitting of these buildings,” Schiffman said. “And, with the price of oil going up, it makes more and more sense to make these things at home.” He said it could also create up to four million jobs.
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