Gems from the Archive: CHPC Surveys the Mayoral Candidates

Housing and land use issues often arise during election campaigns for local office in New York City. In 2017, just as the redevelopment of an armory in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, was the focus of a Democratic primary for City Council, the incumbent Mayor Bill...

Fighting Housing Discrimination By Executive Order

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy recognized the need to expand the role of the federal government in protecting the rights of Americans to access housing. Citing the Housing Act of 1949, the last major federal law related to housing, Kennedy issued Executive Order...

Housing on the Ballot

As we plunge into the final day of the 2016 presidential race, CHPC decided to look back into our archives for some grounding and perspective. Our curiosity led us to the fall of 1964, which was headlined by the landslide re-election of President Lyndon B. Johnson...

Why Do Tenants Move?

Learning the reasons why households move is one of the holy grails of housing research. Along with how many housing units get built every year and how many New Yorkers live in informal apartments, this is one question without a satisfactory answer. In 1940, CHPC—or...

Zoning in the City

The New York City government is campaigning to adopt two well-publicized amendments to the city’s Zoning Resolution. These amendments, which the NYC Department of City Planning refers to as Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing...

The Pedestrianization of Times Square

This week has witnessed a kerfuffle around Times Square. From complaints about topless women in the pedestrian plaza, concerns have now become existential for the plaza itself as Mayor Bill de Blasio has suggested it might be time to return the space to the use of...