While the affordable housing discussion focuses on New York City among the many cities with public transit service on Long Island, the city's suburbs need to build more too, according to an argument by The New York Times Editorial Board.
The New York Times Editorial Board argues passionately in favor of the state acting to force local governments to zone new capacity for multi-family development around transit stations on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) system. The example of Garden City, New York opens the editorial:
The Editorial Board ties the situation in Garden City to the kind of development opposition that "has become the norm" around the country, "especially in the wealthy metropolitan areas along the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts where housing is needed most."
According to the Editorial Board, the state of New York should follow the lead other states that have forced local governments to upzone single-family neighborhoods to make room for more housing. The editorial even suggests leapfrogging most states by passing a law similar to statewide upzoning law, SB 50, which failed in California in January 2020.
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