Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

Don’t Blame Zoning for Long Island’s Lack of Affordable Housing

Over the years a growing coterie of self-described pro-growth urbanists and like-minded real estate experts have turned up their noses on suburban land-use patterns. They argue that zoning—a local municipality’s power to determine land usage—is not only restricting Long Island’s ability to grow, but also to be affordable. If zoning were removed from an area, the reasoning...
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Letter to the Editor: Housing Changes Must Be Balanced

The following appeared in the Westchester County Business Journal. The original letter can be viewed here. The piece was written in response to an op-ed by Alexander Roberts, who is the executive director of Community Housing Innovations Inc., a fair housing group headquartered in White Plains. BY RICHARD MURDOCCO My name is Richard Murdocco, and...
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A Convenient Narrative

Often, I’ve written regarding the merits of diversification. In order to succeed, Long Island needs to take a holistic look at its regional economy, and work to diversify industries beyond the retail and hospitality sectors. The argument for diversification goes beyond economics – our approach to development must be diversified as well. In recent years,...
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Circling the Brain Drain

It seems that Destination LI, “a nonprofit community building and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain vibrant centers” on Long Island, has been quietly busy in recent months. Recently, the group released a survey, which, to nobody’s surprise, shows that millennials are not exactly thrilled with Long Island’s housing options. The solution?...
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