4 thoughts on “Will Rezoning Cause or Resist Displacement? Data Paints an Incomplete Picture

  1. Upzonings like the ones that took place in Williamsburg appear to have displaced many residents. I can’t speak for Queens but the 2005-06 Staten Island downzonings were the result of over-building follow the major 1961 zoning changes which provided for too many semi-attached and attached homes in a borough with limited water/sewer/road infrastructure and no subway connection.

    The S.I. downzonings came at the request of the communities involved. My neighborhood went from mostly R3-1 to mostly R3X which only permits up to 2-family detached homes on a minimum 35′ wide lot. I don’t the think the downzoning increased the value of my home by a significant amount.

  2. This article is inadequate because it overlooks the experiences of other cities. Its all very simple:

    1. In places where its hard to build stuff (e.g. San Francisco) housing is expensive.
    2. In the rest of America, housing is cheap.

    What part of this do you not understand?

    • Oh, we get that, M. The problem is, us 8 million New Yorkers can’t, like, move to “the rest of America.” So we’ve got to figure out how to make it work. And one can’t exactly wave a magic wand and make it cheap to build stuff here.

      What’s more, affordability issues are much more widespread than is typically acknowledged. Check out this report: http://nlihc.org/oor

      which finds: “In no state can a person working full-time at the federal minimum wage afford a one-bedroom apartment at the Fair Market Rent.”

  3. This is not a comment but a question. What would happen if the city of New York increase the non-residental tax on persons who purchase homes for the primary purpose of investment and not for the purpose of living in the units.

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