Deputy Mayor Glen on the Affordable Housing Plan

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development (Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)

Mayor Bill de Blasio has released a plan to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing. Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic development, talks about the approach and how density is part of the mayor's vision for affordability in the city.


Alicia Glen

Comments [24]

jf from a police state.

there is no affordable housing. This is destroying society.The cour system in NY is as corrupt as a racist court in the south in the 50's. but against an occupy activist who is going to jail for 7 years for being sexually assaulted by a police officer. Is this dickens? the middle east? next they will be doing beheading for divorce.

May. 06 2014 11:43 PM
Sid from Shanty Town, NY

This is what happens when the NYC media (including WNYC) is bought by a robber baron mayor for twelve years.
You white people voted for Bloomberg, and now you expect Di Blasio to clean up twelve years of war on the 99%?

May. 06 2014 03:08 PM
Todd from Manhattan

great - we have an ex-goldman Sachs employee working on our city's development plans and goals. The revolving door has no place for the average joe. I'm sure that will work out for the best! DeBlasio has so far been a huge disappointment.

May. 06 2014 12:26 PM
Enid from New York

In rethinking affordable housing, it would be great if planners would consider the three generation family. Instead of assuming that seniors should be moved to smaller spaces, in order to free up larger apartments, we need to give some consideration to the three-generation family, still common, and valued, in many groups in the city. Additional advantages include in-house senior care and in-house help with child care. Obviously, this only works for families that want such an option, but I think there are many people who would benefit and welcome such arrangements. Larger apartments should not be reserved only for families that have large numbers of children.

May. 06 2014 11:52 AM
Todd from Manhattan

How do you build density without height? Is the guest for real? Are we in doctor who world where things are bigger on the inside than the outside? or are we going to burrow into the ground? Where do we get this people?

May. 06 2014 11:44 AM

Why does making more and more citizens dependent on the government for more and more helpful? You get more and more people locked into a caste.

May. 06 2014 11:39 AM
lesterine from manhattan

your guest might not be talking about shoving high rise towers down the throats of community inhabitants,


developers lie and manipulate laws (zoning: BSA) to build whatever they want much of the time at the complete destruction of the quality of life of current community members.

also, at every single community board meeting there is ALWAYS at least one expert from ConEd who states the following:

the supporting infrastructure, electrical, sewage, and water to name just a few of the more important, are so old and in such states of disrepair that these mega-towers will seriously tax those resources.

so, where's the conversation about upgrading the infrastructure before speaking of erecting even ONE new building?

May. 06 2014 11:38 AM
Brock from Manhattan

The day that a vacant apartment is rented, its rented at an affordable rent. So given the very low city vacancy rate, how is there a crisis?

May. 06 2014 11:34 AM
tom from Astoria

Happiness through Density? Giving developers permission to reshape whole neighborhoods? Whimpy Democratic mayoral decision making!

May. 06 2014 11:33 AM

I hate to be so cynical, but I have never heard so much double speak. Listening to government officials talk, there is never a downside to anything. We should all be living in untopiaville by now. This is sounding like central planning gone a mock. Where does the money come from? How much does the current system cost the citizens to assist a very lucky few versus the other 99% of cities that have no such regulation?

May. 06 2014 11:31 AM

Please ask this woman what was learned from the Five Points???

May. 06 2014 11:31 AM

The REAL opportunity toward creating more affordable housing is to invest some of the proposed billions into IMPROVING the affordable housing developments already in existence. Public housing developments in Manhattan for the most part are structurally sound and sit on PRIME real estate. Invest money into TOP DOWN restructuring including getting rid of current management and the overly bureaucratic system of addressing much needed repairs. Most people in public housing really do care about where and how they live but they need to see that the housing management company cares enough to repair a window or door and hire maintenance staff that do care. There are huge black voids in the current system. What better program toward PRESERVATION?

May. 06 2014 11:31 AM
Sue from Manhattan

Will HPD have more agents for enforcement? Right now, it's very understaffed.

May. 06 2014 11:30 AM
David from nyc

Nice spin ......
Density.....try getting on the L train in the morning.
And you can't add more trains.

May. 06 2014 11:28 AM

What about a self-employed person whose income on paper is not even enough to meet the affordable housing minimum income requirements? I can't qualify for apartments with cheaper rent than I pay because my adjusted gross income is so low.

May. 06 2014 11:26 AM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn

One thing that occurs to me with this conversation is the disconnect between Landmarking and new housing in certain neighborhoods. In my neighborhood, Bed-Stuy, developers are having a field day putting up larger, multi-story new buildings that, 85% of the time, are extremely ugly and absolutely do not fit in with the existing neighborhood architecture. Is it possible to make the landmarks process quicker to achieve status, as well as more user-friendly so that all of this new housing doesn't become a visual and architectural blight on certain neighborhoods?

May. 06 2014 11:22 AM
tom from astoria

…more on "Affordable Housing"

There is a push on the national level for BIG money for "affordable housing." A"bipartisan bill to dramatically reshape the housing finance industry," Hundreds of billions of dollars are being discussed in DC?-- that sounds like BIG lobbyists, i.e., housing finance interests and developers for tax breaks and grants to help fund THEIR big plans on the rubble of OUR beautiful old cities

May. 06 2014 11:21 AM

The city got rid of slums and we moved into the housing projects back in 1952 in Brownsville. Did that get rid of problems? I don't think so. First the slums were blamed for crime and then the housing projects were blamed for crime. Soon the suburbs will be blamed for crime :)

May. 06 2014 11:20 AM

Brian, please don't demean "preservation". My landlord would love to evict me, so that he can build a giant, part-luxury building. Without some sort of preservation protections, I am doomed.

May. 06 2014 11:20 AM

Brian, can to ask this person about how this new affordable housing will force out long-time tenants that are protected. Historic buildings will be torn down, and often nothing will be gained, and much stability will be lost?

May. 06 2014 11:17 AM

I feel like the city and state through taxes and rules and cronyism make the area unaffordable, than create some program to help a small percentage (to get a new voting block) and thereby increase costs even more for the rest of us who have to pay for it either through increased rents (to cover costs for the building for the units not paying their share), taxes, or simply through increased congestion. I am left of the left, but even I am getting fed up with government intervention with this type of thing.

May. 06 2014 11:14 AM

Please be sure to discuss with the person how tall buildings block sunlight to our streets, parks and open spaces. Please keep buildings to 6 stories in residential neighborhoods. Please!!!

May. 06 2014 11:14 AM
tom from astoria

Affordable housing can mean two things: An excuse for developers build higher than surrounding neighborhood buildings (knocking down nice old smaller buildings; or, preserving existing buildings and looking in on them to see that they are in an acceptable condition. Developers want only the former, the Mayor want to emphasize the latter, but I'm not sure how much he will actually discipline the developers.

May. 06 2014 11:08 AM
Brock from Manhattan

Glen and her friends are expanding the universe of BABY DADDIES - what rent regulated tenants now affectionally call their landlords.

May. 06 2014 10:05 AM

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