New York is a city of renters; most residents rent their homes, small business owners lease their storefronts, and artists share and sublet studio spaces. Affordable lease terms lay the groundwork for the cultural vibrancy of city life, yet skyrocketing property values, excessive rent hikes and deteriorating building stock are eroding this essential infrastructure.

Is it possible to balance growth without displacement? On February 13, Scott Anderson, Betsy MacLean, Sam Marks, Gregory Schiefelbein, and Barika Williams debated how to maintain and expand affordable housing in New York City.


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Help us craft a vision for maintaining New York City!
Affordability as Infrastructure is the eighth program of Maintaining, a year-long inquiry into strengthening New York City’s physical & social infrastructure.

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