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July 11, 2012

Newsflash, Mayor: we have 4 other boroughs.

Mike Bloomberg is pushing 300sqft units in Manhattan. My latest for the New York Post. Excerpt:

I grew up in Brooklyn, in the parts (Flatbush and later Bensonhurst) that don’t get exalting articles written about them, and lived to tell about it. Maybe we didn’t have artisanal pickle shops, or the latest cutting-edge designer stores, but we had space and lots of it. A 300-square-foot apartment would’ve been laughed at. In our immigrant community, your home was your pride.

Posted by Karol at 10:36 AM |
Comments

What exactly is your problem here? These micro-units are addressing the need for affordable housing, not ‘ample’ housing. If a tiny space means more people can rent their own apt without going broke (or deeper into debt) every month, then I’m all for it. You really missed the point here.

Have you not noticed that the only new residential buildings going up anymore are for luxury condos? They haven’t built apartments for the middle and lower classes since the 1960s. This is big problem since many people earn less than 50K a year. It’s not like apartments are so much cheaper in the other boroughs. You can’t even get a basement apartment by the Queens/LI border for under $1,000.

I think, maybe, all these years in Manhattan have altered your perception of other people’s finances. Besides, why is it even any of your business whether someone wants to live in a 300 SF studio? Better than living in a homeless shelter. Or is that too much of an affront to your delicate Manhattanite sensibilities?

Posted by: Jeremy at July 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm

“Have you not noticed that the only new residential buildings going up anymore are for luxury condos? They haven’t built apartments for the middle and lower classes since the 1960s. This is big problem since many people earn less than 50K a year. It’s not like apartments are so much cheaper in the other boroughs. You can’t even get a basement apartment by the Queens/LI border for under $1,000.”

So the lower/middle classes are moving into $2000/mo 300 sqft studios? Sounds awesome! My problem is the mayor has a myopic solution to the housing shortage. He can focus on making all 5 boroughs desirable places to live instead of squeezing more bodies onto Manhattan.

Posted by: Karol at July 12, 2012 at 8:01 pm
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