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November 8, 2008

Paging Jane Jacobs? Panel takes on where and how to build affordable housing

Atlantic Yards Report turns in 2,894 words about Wednesday's panel discussion "Housing New Yorkers in the 21st Century", sponsored by the Municipal Art Society.

HPD Deputy Commissioner for Development Holly Leicht said New York has to be maintain diversity, and pointed out that the city must support not only low-income housing but also housing for those of middle and moderate incomes.

(Such “workforce housing” actually would be a majority of the planned Atlantic Yards subsidized housing; the irony is that most members of the low-income group ACORN, which “negotiated” the AY affordable housing agreement, wouldn’t qualify for those units, as those seeking housing discovered at a July 2006 AY affordable housing information session.)
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Leicht went on to discuss how a more transparent process has emerged in which the public gets a sense of the trade-off between affordability and density--a process, I pointed out yesterday, absent from the Atlantic Yards plan.

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Posted by amy at November 8, 2008 7:37 AM