Long Island City skyline. Photo Credit: Long Island City Partnership Long Island City skyline. Photo Credit: Long Island City Partnership

NEW YORK CITY—The Regional Plan Association believes that New York City and New York State should undertake some bold and most likely controversial and costly initiatives in advance of Amazon adding at least 25,000 workers to the city’s workforce at its operations in Astoria, Queens.

The RPA issued a three-page report on Monday that calls for the city and state to build more affordable housing in Long Island City and in commutable neighborhoods across the region and also recommends that New York State pass congestion pricing and move ahead with a number of major transit projects and protect Long Island City from sea level rise and storm surge that would make the Amazon development a model for resiliency and sustainability.

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