Debating Housing Policy

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Candidates for mayor debate housing policy at NYU's Furman Center. Brian Lehrer hosted the event.

Yesterday afternoon, Brian hosted a forum (or was it the latest episode of "So You Think You Can Mayor?") at NYU's Furman Center to discuss the future of NYC housing policy. Hear excerpts and analysis from the Furman Center's Vicki Been, who teaches housing policy and law.

"So You Think You Can Mayor?" Furman Center Forum on Housing Policy (Full Audio)

Comments [14]

Jf from Dystopia

We urgently need rent control and roll back for all! Rent now is destroying society. It is a crime against humanity!rent goes up 100$ every single year!time for revolution!

Apr. 11 2013 11:39 AM
licnyc from queens

Why doesn't anyone just tell the truth, affordable housing is a disaster. No one wants to live near public housing, they are rife with crime, vermin and absolutely horrible places to live, No one wants to buy a home near coop city, no one wants to walk through the projects late at night- how does anyone still think this is a good idea. Its like living is some alternate reality where this has been a success in the past, because where I live its the complete opposite.

Apr. 11 2013 11:31 AM

What hasn't really been mentioned is that Bloomberg's re-zoning for housing, etc. never has room for additional schools, hospitals/clinics, police & fire stations to cope with increased area traffic & congestion.

His selling school land for development is shortsighted.

Apr. 11 2013 11:30 AM
RJ from prospect hts.

Who really gets to decide what someone else's home and home needs are? Why should a senior who has spent years, sometimes decades, into building a home? Who gets to decide what essential memories they get to bring with them? Whoever is proposing we force seniors to move should put themselves in the same place--once you retire (if you can) what would you leave behind and how would you feel about someone else deciding.

Also--I haven't heard anything about forcing the wealthy public officials (i.e., Mayor Bloomberg), whose housing is underwritten indirectly by tax abatements for their businesses, forced to leave their gigantic living spaces? The mayor has 2 (count 'em, 2) townhouses next to each other that he renovated into one for--1 person? him and his girlfriend? his daughter to come visit now and then? How many people could live in that space who truly *need* it?

I'd like to hear public policy/rezoning possibilities for those options.

Apr. 11 2013 11:29 AM
Renter from East Village

The discourse on affordable housing is defined by proponents of currant housing policy. The business view of housing as a profit stream for speculators defines the options. It excludes other models of collectives based on land use for human need and the use of public funds to promote this kind of income based affordable housing.

Apr. 11 2013 11:27 AM

Per NYCHA, the 80/20 buildings on NYCHA campuses would be on land leased to the developer, NOT sold.

Easily checkable @ the NYCHA site.

Apr. 11 2013 11:27 AM
Christine from Westchester

What is done to move people out of public housing? It seems to me we have generations of people living in public housing. What's the move out rate?

Apr. 11 2013 11:26 AM

I'm also very concerned about the existing transportation infrastructure in comparison to new developments in my area. This is a huge factor in why I'm seeking another neighborhood.

Apr. 11 2013 11:24 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Brian mentioned in the intro having older people move to smaller apts. to make their larger ones available to families w/children. A lot of people whose children have moved out would like to move to smaller apts. but can't afford to because the rent "reform" law means landlords can raise the rent much more for a new tenant than for a tenant renewing a lease.

Apr. 11 2013 11:21 AM

I'm not a native NYer but still believe they should have priority for affordable housing, with long-timers next in line. I've been here 20 years with no plans to leave, and although I don't expect dirt cheap rent, I certainly can't afford the market rates for the type of place and neighborhood in which I'm living now (this was not the case only 10 years ago). I don't even need much space, and am actually eager to move further out. We'll see about options soon enough, I guess.

Apr. 11 2013 11:20 AM from prospect hts

What about so-called community benefits agreements, like with Atlantic Yards, that have no enforcement mechanism, and now that Ratner has extended the finish date for the development, the prospects for the desperately needed "affordable" housing included in the unenforceable CBA is in the wind.

Apr. 11 2013 11:16 AM
Christine from Westchester

What are the results (both positive and negative) of creating "affordable housing" in developments? If 20% are not of the same econcomic levels as their neighbors, what is the result?

Apr. 11 2013 11:14 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

The city/state government caters to the very poor and the upper middle classes ( 421a tax abatements) with regards to housing.

If you happen to be a native WORKING New Yorker and you don't have a $100k out of state guarantor or two roommates - you are screwed, looking for a decent place.

Apr. 11 2013 11:07 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Of course seniors living in public housing or on Section 8 should have to accept being moved to a smaller apartment after they are finally living alone, provided the smaller apartment is located within either the same building or at least in the same complex, and in the safest possible level, hopefully closer to the ground so they don't have to walk up too far when the elevator is out of order, or electricity is out. These caveats should be taken into serious consideration.

Also, some assistance should be given so that the moving costs are not totally out of pocket.

Apr. 11 2013 11:05 AM

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