01/05/2012 02:19 pm ET

New Zoning Rules Could Help Buildings Be More Energy Efficient

This month, New York City community boards will hold hearings on new zoning rules that would make it easier for developers and homeowners to make buildings more energy efficient. The proposed changes are the latest of many recent amendments to zoning regulations that impact the way the city looks and functions.

As the city considers greening its zoning laws, MetroFocus took a look at the history of zoning in the city, and the causes and effects — good, bad and complicated — of some of the most prominent rezonings over the past decade.

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