Tom Angotti: New York City's Bill De Blasio: Progressive Housing and Planning Alternative to Bloomberg's Luxury City?

Spring 2014 International Studies in Planning Lecture Series

"The 12-year-long Bloomberg administration used housing and planning programs to feed New York City's growth machine, spurring luxury development and gentrification. This resulted in a net loss of affordable housing and growing inequalities. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who took office January 2014, has been critical of this 'tale of two cities' and promised a more progressive administration. Yet so far, his appointments to top positions suggest a continued reliance on market-rate housing development to develop affordable housing, with the public sector acting as a minority partner in public-private partnerships."

Tom Angotti is a professor of urban affairs and planning at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and director of the Hunter College Center for Community Planning and Development. His recent books include The New Century of the Metropolis, New York For Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate, which won the Davidoff Book Award, and Accidental Warriors and Battlefield Myths. He is coeditor of Progressive Planning magazine, and participating editor for Latin American Perspectives and Local Environment. He is actively engaged in community and environmental justice issues in New York City.