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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:

City Council Approves Astoria Cove

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

WNYC
A residential project in Queens could usher in a new era for builders – and affordable apartment seekers – in New York City.

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Gowanus Community Plan A Work in Progress

Monday, November 24, 2014

WNYC
What is the future of the Gowanus neighborhood now that a cleanup of the Superfund site is on the way? Residents and stakeholders are still figuring it out.

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NYC To Invest $25M in Hunts Point Facility

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WNYC
The funds will pay for energy backup and better quality electric generators at the Hunts Point food distribution center.

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NYC Plan to Amp Up Industry and Manufacturing

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WNYC
The City Council recommends using land use policy changes as a way to create and preserve manufacturing and industry jobs.

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Council Committee Approves Housing Deal in Queens

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WNYC
The City Council committee vote clears the way for Astoria Cove to move forward; Administration calls deal a 'framework' for future housing deals.

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Move In Day for First Employees at One WTC

Monday, November 03, 2014

WNYC
About 200 employees of mega publisher Conde Nast moved into their new office space at One World Trade Center, the tallest tower in the western hemisphere.

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One World Trade Center Opens

Monday, November 03, 2014

WNYC
Thirteen years after the September 11th attacks, the tallest building in the America opens for business with only the principle tenant moving in. 

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Learning to Love the Entirely Inadequate but Completely Indispensable Disaster Industry

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.

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Why Do We Keep Getting Disaster Recovery Wrong?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NJ Spotlight
Two years after Sandy and nearly a decade after Katrina, a look at how we screwed up and what we have learned.

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The Other Industry That’s Too Big to Fail

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WWNO
New Jersey Public Radio
NJ Spotlight
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.

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Landmarks Commission Saves East Village Synagogue

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WNYC
It only took nearly 50 years to do so.

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Luxury Condos Help Fuel NYC Construction Boom

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WNYC
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.

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Arrested Development: Housing Stalls at Barclays Center Arena

Friday, October 10, 2014

WNYC
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.

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Queens Development Could be Test of New Affordable Housing Policies

Friday, September 26, 2014

WNYC
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. 

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Real Estate Investing for the Rest of Us

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?

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Comptroller Criticizes City Program to Rehab Affordable Housing

Friday, September 19, 2014

WNYC
Audit finds seven landlords who received $19.8 million in loans to rehab affordable housing failed to make repairs after getting the money.  

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Real Estate Investing for the Rest of Us

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WNYC
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.

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Brooklyn Heights Library Will have Market-Rate Housing

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WNYC
Library officials approved of a plan to sell the Brooklyn Heights Library branch to The Hudson Companies in a deal worth $61 million.

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Continued Delays For Housing at Atlantic Yards

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

WNYC
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.

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De Blasio Administration Can't Close Poor Door

Friday, August 29, 2014

WNYC
Until zoning or other laws change, the city could see more 'poor doors.'

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