Sunday, June 02, 2013

The future of NYCHA

If NYCHA follows through with its infill plan, building market-rate housing among the subsidized projects, I bet that within a decade the city will come up with a plan to give the low-income residents ownership of their apartments for minimum maintenance in the expectation that they'll sell immediately on the open market. The city will require only that it get a cut from the flip to fund the program. NYCHA projects is quality housing stock, a lot nicer than tenement housing, and it's got those river views. Where will the current residents go with their windfall? The city doesn't care, and the city won't have planned for it either. DCP plans only for upscaling and revenue-enhancing real estate raising, not for people.

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