Although the five boroughs contain only 37 percent of the New York metropolitan area’s population, housing and land use policies usually are discussed in isolation from the broader regional trends that affect them. While a regional perspective has long been institutionalized in transportation planning, it remains almost totally absent from policy decisions on housing and land use. Many familiar problems, however, take on new aspects when viewed from a regional perspective.

In order to sharpen the focus of city policies, and perhaps to forge new ties among housing and planning professionals throughout the region, CHPC has recently joined forces with the Regional Plan Association to study metropolitan housing trends and to evaluate the policies and practices employed by various jurisdictions. This first collaboration between CHPC and the RPA draws upon CHPC’s expertise in housing finance and land use policy and RPA’s experience in transportation policy and regional planning. A number of academic institutions, professional organizations, and development professionals were invited to inform the effort.

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