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THE DE BLASIO HOUSING DEBATE: A CONVERSATION WITH VISHAAN CHAKRABARTI
May 7, 2014
On Monday, the office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio released a report titled “Housing New York: A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan.” In a letter addressed to his fellow New Yorkers, de Blasio cited a “crisis of affordability,” and committed $8.2 billion in city funds to building two hundred thousand units of affordable housing in the city.
To discuss the plan and its potential impact on existing neighborhoods, we spoke to Vishaan Chakrabarti, a professor of real-estate development at Columbia University. Between 2002 and 2005, Chakrabarti was the director of the Manhattan office for the New York Department of City Planning, where he helped to create the High Line, a park located above an abandoned freight line on the West Side of Manhattan.