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de Blasio's Affordable Housing Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio
WNYC's Janet Babin gives the roundup on the countdown to Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan for 200,000 affordable units in 10 years to be revealed on May Day.

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Nancy Anderson, Ph.D.
The Sallan Foundation

Your report on what to expect in Mayor de Blasio's affordable housing plan omitted any mention of whether it will bake in energy efficiency and storm/flood resilience as must-haves. Here's why this omission is troubling: Energy efficient building is by definition more affordable because it saves on monthly energy bills.

Resilience will be important as new or rehabbed housing will push out to NYC's waterfront edges and must be built to cope with future storm surges and floods. These must-haves must be part of what every New Yorker expects and deserves.