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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:

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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Ways to Lose Your Rent-Stabilized Apartment

Thursday, August 21, 2014

WNYC
When tenants leave, their apartments can hit market rate. The mayor's challenge: keeping enough apartments rent stabilized to meet his affordable housing goals.

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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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