Janet Babin is a reporter at WNYC covering economic development.
Before joining WNYC, she was a reporter for American Public Media's Marketplace. Janet has also worked as a producer and guest host on APM's The Story. She's reported on many stories for various NPR programs. Janet was a Gerald Loeb Awards finalist for her reporting on merchant power plants
Her business reporting at WNYC earned Janet a Front Page award for specialized reporting from the Newswomen's Club of New York.
Janet Babin appears in the following:
Friday, October 31, 2014
Huge storms like Katrina and Sandy are here to stay; the firms that manage recoveries should be, too. But if this is going to work, five big things need to change.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Two years after Sandy and nearly a decade after Katrina, a look at how we screwed up and what we have learned.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
New Jersey Public Radio
Only a few large companies are able to manage disaster recovery efforts. That's how New Jersey and Louisiana ended up hiring and firing the same two firms.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
It only took nearly 50 years to do so.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Spending on new residential construction is expected to increase by 60 percent this year. A lot of it is thanks to the boom in ultra-luxury condos.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Forest City Ratner began exploring modular construction to cut costs as it began to build thousands of apartments. But a dispute with a contractor has put the idea on hold.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Astoria Cove will include a park, a school and five residential buildings. It could also require more affordable housing than the current proposed 20 percent.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
CityShares bills itself as an opportunity to invest in NYC's emerging neighborhoods. Is it spreading the real estate wealth or adding fuel to the fire of displacement and gentrification?
Friday, September 19, 2014
Audit finds seven landlords who received $19.8 million in loans to rehab affordable housing failed to make repairs after getting the money.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
A new fund offers the chance for more people to profit from New York City’s soaring real estate market. But you'll still need sizable savings to take part.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Library officials approved of a plan to sell the Brooklyn Heights Library branch to The Hudson Companies in a deal worth $61 million.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Construction firm Skanska and a Forest City Ratner affiliate sue one another over building a modular residential high-rise tower with affordable units next to the Barclays Center arena.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Until zoning or other laws change, the city could see more 'poor doors.'
Thursday, August 21, 2014
When tenants leave, their apartments can hit market rate. The mayor's challenge: keeping enough apartments rent stabilized to meet his affordable housing goals.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
A developer got tax breaks for creating affordable units in its luxury high-rise, but those tenants will have to use a separate entrance. Officials vow to review zoning laws that allowed the design.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
The de Blasio administration says it cannot stop a building on the West Side from constructing separate entrances and amenities for residents of different incomes. It vows to change zoning regulations, but is that actually possible? WNYC economic development reporter Janet Babin discusses the controversy.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Areas of Brooklyn that could be prime housing are zoned for industrial use. The city needs more housing, so it could rezone. But the mayor also has aspirations for a resurgent industrial sector.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Housing advocates say a developer took advantage of a loophole when it created a separate entrance for renters in the affordable units of a new building.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio may be focused on his goal to create or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade.
But staff at the office of Housing Preservation and Development has been working feverishly to meet the former mayor's affordable housing promises.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg's New ...
Thursday, June 19, 2014
What good is affordable housing without good jobs too? Not good at all, say advocates.