Pratt Center

February 28, 2017

Auto repair jobs under threat from looming rezoning actions: new research


Today, Pratt Center for Community Development released a new issue brief: Under the Hood: A Look into New York City’s Auto Repair Industry, an overview of the oft-ignored sector that offers critical stats about its most vital asset: its workforce.   The report maps the locations of auto repair shops and describes the unique historical and economic reasons why they are not evenly distributed throughout the city.  Auto repair shops are highly clustered for collective economic benefit, and are both dense and long, with corridors along major arterial roadways.

Despite the example of Willets Point, there has been no formal economic planning for the sector undertaken.  As Housing New York is poised to impact 40% of the fifteen Council Districts with the largest concentration of auto shops, Read more