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In other cases neighborhoods campaigned to have their neighborhoods downzoned, instead of having tall apartment houses on plazas, which had become very, very popular with developers and very unpopular with neighborhoods, because it often led to vacuous windswept plazas in front of a building. So neighborhoods didn't like it, but developers liked it because a tall, slender building meant that you could sell or rent more apartments with views.

Neighborhoods began campaigning for downzoning, to basically ban these tall apartments on plazas, and instead have lower buildings that would be at the same massing and scale as the apartment houses of the nineteen-teens and the 1920s. And these are visible all across New York, especially on Broadway on the Upper West Side.

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