New York City’s Environment Program Will Focus on Income Inequality

In his most sweeping bid yet to apply a focus on income inequality across the municipal spectrum, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York on Wednesday will introduce a reimagined take on the city’s ambitious environmental program, PlaNYC.

The city is pledging to lift 800,000 residents out of poverty or near-poverty in the next decade — the largest urban poverty reduction effort ever in the country, officials said — and significantly reduce the “racial/ethnic disparities” in premature mortality. The administration will move to create some 500,000 housing units by 2040, according to the plan, and help the average New Yorker reach hundreds of thousands of jobs by transit within 45 minutes.

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