Mayor de Blasio Raises the Stakes on Housing Affordability

Mayor Bill de Blasio's recent State of the City address broke with tradition and voiced an impassioned plea regarding to housing affordability.
February 16, 2017, 5am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"In an election year and amid an extraordinary shift in the nation's political climate, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday night split from his formula for State of the City speeches, delivering a lofty, not fully scripted and sometimes rambling address on the city’s growing 'affordability crisis,'" writes Laura Nahmias.

According to Nahmias, Mayor de Blasio's speech lacked the specifics and proposed policies of traditional State of the City addresses. The mayor's impassioned speech offered at least one memorable phrase on the subject of housing affordability: "This affordability crisis threatens who we are. It threatens the very soul of this city," said Mayor de Blasio.

Among the specifics included in Mayor de Blasio's speech were actions on jobs and the plan to retrofit public building in the city for energy efficiency.

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Published on Monday, February 13, 2017 in Politico New York
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