Down in the Basement: Legalizing Units

Bloomberg has a long look at illegal homes in New York City today, which it says plays a part in the strategy for the new de Blasio administration's affordable housing plans.

The article says that the mayor-elect has vowed to "build or preserve 200,000 low- and middle-income units in the next decade." 

Among other things, the article focuses on converting the reservoir of illegal basement apartments, mostly in Queens.  It suggests that making the units safely legal could be a big step toward providing more affordable NYC housing.

The article is a wide-ranging look at how New Yorkers live, development prospects, budgetary constraints for public works, and where legalization fits in for certain outer borough housing units in addressing the city's "housing emergency," which actually is a decades-old status based on the city government's own statistics.

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