New York Mayor Bill De Blasio just passed a suite of “affordable housing” legislation (analogous to HALA), over the opposition of most community groups and borough councils.
Critics say the deal does not require enough of developers, but – from what I can tell – it requires a lot more than our Mayor Murray is getting: There are 4 options for developers, “which start at setting aside 20% of units for people making an average of 40% of the median income, or $31,000, with rent about $775.”
De Blasio plans clear Council, despite community opposition (NY Daily News)
Here’s something that explains Seattle For Everyone: “Faced with rejection from local community boards and borough presidents, de Blasio’s office mounted a major campaign to get the plans passed, mustering unions and senior groups to support it. The AARP became a major ally.” Divide and conquer!
Paul Krugman weighs in for the urbanists (New York Times)
This is annoying! Has anyone else noticed him getting all patrician and self-involved lately?
UPDATE – This is interesting, too:
De Blasio’s Toughest Affordable Housing Critics Reverse Their Position (Gothamist)
Apparently, the opposition – which was planning civil disobedience – got the Mayor to agree to a “vaguely-defined study,” to happen after the legislation was passed. I have to guess there was a hand-shake deal (maybe about union labor?) I imagine the opportunities for betrayal are rife!