Can New York Fix Its Housing Crisis? It Depends on the Suburbs
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul wants the state to build 800,000 housing units in the next 10 years, but unsurprisingly, is facing daunting opposition from suburban NIMBYs. Her plan includes two main facets: Mandate specific increases in housing stock every three years and allow 50 homes per acre near major transit lines. If cities don’t comply, they’ll be overruled. Predictably, mayors of elite enclaves are up in arms and residents trot out the usual inaccurate misgivings about adding apartments in their midst, such as their fear of overcrowded schools.