Theses Master's

"Policies in Concrete: A Tale of Two Mayors and Their Inclusionary Housing Legacies in New York City”

Carrillo, Tomas

This thesis explores the use of inclusionary zoning policies in New York City as a means of increasing access to affordable housing. With housing costs far outpacing incomes for many residents, the city's affordability crisis has significant implications, particularly for low- and moderate-income households. Inclusionary housing policies require developers to include a percentage of affordable units in new construction, creating more diverse and sustainable neighborhoods.

The policies have been championed by the mayoral administrations of Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio, resulting in the creation of over 25,000 affordable housing units. However, there are also challenges to implementing these policies effectively, including ensuring that affordable units are genuinely affordable to those who need them most. By studying the successes and challenges of inclusionary housing policies in New York City, this thesis provides valuable insights into the potential of inclusive housing policies in urban areas.

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
Dublin-Boc, Jenna L.
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
August 16, 2023