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New York City Planning Commissioner, Amanda Burden

Amanda Burden might be the most influential figure in New York City government, after Mayor Michael Bloomberg. As New York City Planning Commissioner for the past decade, she has spearheaded efforts to re-zone a huge swath of New York and reclaim its waterfront. While Burden focuses on those grand ambitions, she is also dedicated to details that make "streetscapes" work. Her supporters call her a visionary who will leave behind a much-improved city. But critics worry she’s creating gentrified neighborhoods that no longer welcome the working class. Diane talks with Amanda Burden about her role as the city’s planning commissioner and lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy.

Photo Gallery: Planning New York City's Streetscape

Images courtesy of the New York City Department of Planning. All rights reserved.

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Pepe The Frog's Long, Strange Journey — From Internet Meme To Hate Symbol

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