Max & Murphy: The Affordable Housing Balancing Act

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In neighborhoods around the city, homeowners are weighing the downsides of gentrification against the pluses.

The mayor’s low-income housing subsidy strategy will have to balance serving the poorest with serving the most.

A court is set to balances community demands versus fair housing rights, the Cuomo administration and legislature is under pressure to sort out how developers and unions will win and lose under a new 421-a, while the Rent Guidelines Board sets begins its annual (attempted) balancing act between landlords’ desire to get higher rents and tenants’ demand to pay less.

Are you sensing a theme? Ben Max from Gotham Gazette and Jarrett Murphy from City Limits do, and in the audio below they take a fair and balanced approach to running through the week’s biggest housing stories.