10 thoughts on “Is ‘Housing Not Warehousing’ Next?

  1. How stupid are these people? Vacant land in NYC is categorized as such by the Finance Dept and can be found by hunting around on their website. City-owned properties are also listed on the city’s open data site. Expect the courts to find many of these group’s proposals unconstitutional.

    City-owned properties: https://data.cityofnewyork.us/Housing-Development/IPIS-Integrated-Property-Information-System-/n5mv-nfpy

    Vacant residential-zoned land in NYC from NYCDOF databases (ms excel): https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/0822720b-fbca-40e8-b702-d472096edc7d

  2. Finally, these people are calling themselves just what they are, socialists.

    To them, private property not being used for some public purpose is an anathema.

    There are plenty of vacant property that goes unoccupied, and for legitimate reasons, and it is nobody’s business why.

    There could be litigation pending over the ownership, or the developer might be awaiting funding to develop.

    Conducting a census of vacant lots and buildings. Busybodies wanting to make busywork for bureaucracies.

    What else is new?

  3. That is true, but with a lot of caveats. These sources are routinely inaccurate (for example, sidewalks, front lawns, driveways and median strips classified as residential vacant lots). The IPIS database of city owned and leased properties is woefully out of date (if you don’t believe me just, check the column for “councilmember”–it’s at least three years old, possibly older.)

    There is also no single, accurate data source on privately-held vacant buildings which are the focus of 2/3 of the Housing not Warehousing bills.

    • Front lawns and driveways are absolutely definitely not considered separate vacant lots but are included as part of the whole property lot. Sidewalks are not part of the lot, and are city property. I own a home and it and the front lawn and the driveway are all part of the same single lot.

      IPIS may have errors but was updated on 9/18/17.

      There is no list of privately held vacant buildings because there is no legal justification for such a list. How do you define vacant? A 2-family house on my corner is currently vacant because both the tenants moved out and the owner hasn’t rented it out yet. So it’s ‘vacant’. Another house on the block has been vacant for months because the current owner eventually intends to sell it. That’s his business not yours or mine.

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  6. There are communities with a lot of vacant properties in our city. Some these vacant buildings have been standing 4 decades. Developing into dumping ground for whatever and a breeding for rodents. Rats and roaches go deep into the ground. Fire traps,if fire started its near attached house can catch a fire especially if there are roll house. Another aspect is the current raise homeless living on the streets and subway. Upstate have a court or register of homes. Some these vacant properties are over stores and upper parts are bordered up. We need to recycle these vacant properties. The foundation are extremely strong spent our money in a better way,so we can get funded by HUD.

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