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What's the Best Way to Increase Affordable Housing?

Amid America's urban renaissance, increasing the supply of affordable housing has arisen as a topic of concern in several of the country's cities. The New York Times "Room for Debate" page asks eight experts to contribute their recommendations.

Affordable housing has emerged as a central issue in New York City's mayoral race, and as a topic of concern in cities from San Francisco to Washington D.C. "More than 8 in 10 New Yorkers want affordable housing to be a priority, a New York Times poll found. But federal housing funds are shrinking and people around the country are spending more than is recommended for home costs." 

Eight experts -- including Edward Glaeser, of Harvard University, Denise Scott, managing director of New York’s Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and Congressman Keith Ellison -- offer their prescriptions for increasing affordable housing in New York and elsewhere.

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