Inclusionary zoning

States are beginning to intervene in zoning rules, once a purely local matter.
Earlier this month New York city council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito co-hosted her final community meeting for residents of Spanish Harlem concerned about the city's housing plans.
At its best, New York City is a place where people from all walks of life live together and interact with each other. But a new residential tower rising on Manhattan's west side tears at that tradition.
Zoning rules have trapped four decades of unmet demand in lower Manhattan and, from an environmental perspective, the equivalent of a vast pool of clean energy ready to be tapped.
The private sector is motivated by profit, and the means with which the private sector expresses this motivation are often at odds with what is best for a city and its inhabitants.
Mayor Bloomberg needs to acknowledge that residents require more than just minimum-wage employment to survive and thrive.
Even during the boom, many New Yorkers saw their wages stagnate while housing prices escalated. Under Bloomberg, New York saw extraordinary growth, but it was far from equitable.
People are still moving to New York -- despite the recession -- and hundreds of thousands of new housing units will need to be built before supply catches up with demand.