SCOTUS Housing Court in Session

This piece originally appeared in The Brooklyn Quarterly. As a national debate takes shape around how America has failed segregated inner-city communities like those in Baltimore, a quiet but historic debate is taking place in the Supreme Court over the constitutionality of the most powerful anti-segregation tool in history: the Fair Housing Act. Since the Fair…

Affordable Housing Explained, Part 2

Last week we took a look at Mayor de Blasio’s primary strategy for creating the 80,000 affordable rental units cited in his ten-year plan: providing benefits to private real estate developers in exchange for making a percentage of their rental units affordable. Let’s look at what “affordable” really means in these programs as we continue…

Amy Explains Housing, Part I

The all-important topics of real estate power and affordable housing in New York City have spawned a thousand academic treatises and nonprofit reports but not many readable explainers for the lay public. Housing is a messy, complicated topic that features a quadrennial showdown in which policy buffs throw around acronyms like confetti. Enter artist and…