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Janet Babin

Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News

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:

New York Skyscraper's Separate 'Poor Door' Called A Disgrace

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.

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How Many "Poor Doors" Will NYC Build?

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.  

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There Are Still Places in New York Where You Can’t Build Highrises

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WNYC

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.

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City Admits it Approved 'Poor Door'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WNYC

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.

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New Affordable Housing Goal Waits While Old One Finishes Up

Monday, June 30, 2014

WNYC

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 ...

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Is this Town Big Enough for (Affordable) Housing AND Industry?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

WNYC

What good is affordable housing without good jobs too? Not good at all, say advocates.

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Cuomo Approves Bills to Combat Heroin, but not Medical Marijuana

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WNYC

Cuomo says the government shouldn't create a pathway for marijuana.

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Rent Guidelines Board Considers a First: A Zero Increase

Monday, June 16, 2014

WNYC

What creates more affordable housing? No rent increase or a greater increase in rent?

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NYC Development: Going Up, Closing Down

Friday, June 13, 2014

A check-in on some notable developments and the state of affordable housing for many New Yorkers. City Councilman Brad Lander (D-39), discusses the threatened closing of Prospect Park Residence, an assisted-living facility for seniors, as well as other council items.

Then, WNYC development reporter Janet Babin discusses a proposed big new big building that may cast shadows across Prospect Park; the rally to save cheap housing at Stuy Town; and how the de Blasio affordable housing push is starting to shake out.

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Rally to Save Stuyvesant Town's Cheap Apts

Friday, June 13, 2014

WNYC

City officials work to ensure that 6,000 apartments stay "affordable."

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Planned Prospect Park Tower Throws Shade on Park, Upsets Neighbors

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

WNYC

A fight in the Prospect Lefferts neighborhood over a new 23-story apartment building hints at the tension between the push for more high-rises offering more affordable housing units, and a community’s desire for low density, smaller buildings.

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New Zoning Rules Could Change Face of Grand Central Area

Friday, May 30, 2014

WNYC

Under a proposed new zoning procedure, buildings along a stretch of Vanderbilt across from Grand Central Terminal could be taller than the Chrysler Building.

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Is the Jersey Shore Ready for Summer?

Friday, May 23, 2014

The first summer after Sandy was tough for many beach towns. As the second begins, the recovery in many places is just getting underway.

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NYC Affordable Housing Plan Revealed

Monday, May 05, 2014

WNYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio has unveiled an ambitious plan that pledges $41.1-billion in funding to create or preserve more affordable housing. 

"The plan...is going to have a far-reaching impact on the people of this city. It’s going to reach every neighborhood, every borough — 200,000 units over 10 years," ...

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De Blasio to Unveil Affordable Housing Plan

Monday, May 05, 2014

WNYC

After a delay last week, the mayor was expected to detail his plan to create 200,000 units in 10 years on Monday.

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Countdown to de Blasio's Big Housing Reveal

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

WNYC

Spoiler Alert: Community groups might not like the plan's zoning changes.

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Report Documents Growing Housing Crisis in NYC

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WNYC

New York City's Comptroller Scott Stringer has released a report highlighting the numerous challenges Mayor Bill de Blasio faces as his administration develops an affordable housing strategy expected to be released by May 1.

“Despite multi-billion dollar initiatives to expand the affordable housing stock in New York City, apartments have ...

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The Horseless eCarriage Debuts

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WNYC

A new electric carriage that would replace the horse-drawn one carries eight passengers and has a top speed of 30 mph.

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Is $95 Million Enough?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WNYC

Gov. Cuomo announced funding for affordable housing but WNYC has learned it largely comes from dwindling sources.

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Suit Alleges Landlord Targets Blacks

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WNYC

Tenants in the Homewood Gardens Estates in the Prospect-Lefferts Garden neighborhood have filed a lawsuit against their landlord, alleging he is trying to evict them to bring in white renters.

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