I read this article the other day from The Atlantic Cities about how bad zoning is sort of to blame for the lack of affordable housing in Brooklyn. The basic problem with housing in New York City is that there isn’t enough to meet demand. High density development is needed to met demand. The time of low density development is gone in my opinion. In a decade, the city’s population will increase by a million people. And to accommodate, better zoning needs to be implemented. More people can live in a apartment building versus a townhouse. As the article correctly points out, industry is dead in the city and its time to get rid of these last few remaining industrial areas. The other important factor for expanding affordable housing in the city is to encourage developers to actually build it instead of catering for higher income individuals.

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