Housing Update: Anti-RAD Organizers are Growing

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Sign up for our Mapping the Future newsletter to receive housing updates—including the latest news, statistics, tools for tenants and homeowners and affordable-rental lotteries—in your inbox weekly. Here are some of the headlines from this week’s update:

From City Limits:

A state Supreme Court ruled against four proposed high-rises in Two Bridges on Thursday. The plans for the towers will now have to go through the city’s ULURP process. Read more.

On Wednesday’s Max and Murphy Show, Brooklyn Councilmember Brad Lander called for changes to the city’s planning process to make it more comprehensive. The city’s Charter Revision Commission declined to take up the proposal earlier this year. Read more. 

From around the City:

Two reports last week found that NYCHA has spent millions yet failed to address its urgent problems, The New York Times reports.

Tenants are increasingly organizing against NYCHA’s private-management plans. Gothamist reports on an anti-RAD rally at City Hall last Friday; the Queens Eagle looks at Occupy NYHCA organizers from South Jamaica.

As Brownsville tenants fight against their landlord’s effort to install facial recognition technology, a new bill introduced by Congresswoman Yvette Clark would ban the use of the technology in public housing, Curbed reports.

An anti-gentrification group in Bushwickhas begun voicing opposition to the planned rezoning, the Brooklyn Eagle reports. At a town hall Sunday, Mi Casa No Es Su Casa planned methods of resistance.

Upper West Side residents continue to fight against a tower under construction in the West 60s. The Municipal Art Society and the Committee For Environmentally Sound Development filed a petition to undo the rezoning that allowed the tower’s construction, Curbed reports.

The state’s Office of Court Administration has said it will release data pertaining to housing court in the second half of this year, amNY reports. Researchers and advocates have asked that it be extensive.

A investment group has agreed to subject 2,800 apartments it plans to purchase to rent regulations in exchange for property tax breaks, the Wall Street Journal reports. Could that be a plan to preserve affordability across the entire city?

The city financed 25,299 ‘affordable’ units in the 2019 fiscal year, slightly less than in the previous year, Crain’s reports. 21,783 were for families earning below 80 percent of the area median income.

The City Council Speaker and colleagues are calling on NYCHA and the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development to delay a decision to demolish the Fulton Houses in Chelsea until mid-December, amNY reports.*

*Correction: The Deputy Mayor for Economic Development received a letter from Council Speaker Corey Johnson and colleagues, she did not write the letter. 

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