Location Affordability in Large U.S. Cities: Variability Among Types of Households

Aug 20, 2014

The third in a series on affordable housing in New York City, this policy brief considers combined housing and transportation costs relative to income for a variety of housing types. It finds that New York City is generally affordable for moderate- and middle-income households. Affordability for low-income households, however, remains a challenge.

Housing Affordability Versus Location Affordability: The Rent Is Too Damn High! But the Metrocard is a Pretty Good Deal

Aug 13, 2014

The second in a series on affordable housing in New York City, this policy brief explores how low transportation costs and high income make New York City relatively affordable when compared to other large cities in the United States.

The Affordable Housing Crisis: How Bad Is It in New York City?

Aug 06, 2014

The policy brief, the first in a series on housing affordability, analyzes data from 22 U.S. cities to assess whether affordable housing is a nationwide problem or one particular to New York City.

12 Things New Yorkers Should Know About Their Garbage

May 21, 2014

This report highlights the reasons for the surprisingly high cost of this essential service, including inefficiencies that the City should address in its upcoming negotiations with sanitation workers.

Report: 12 Things New Yorkers Should Know About Their Garbage
Press Release

Financing PATH: Options for Deficit Reduction

Apr 24, 2014

This report examines the financing arrangements for the PATH transit system operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The report provides background information on the PATH system, describes its current financing sources and need for sizable cross-subsidies from other PANYNJ business lines, and recommends new policits to reduce the need for such cross-subsidies.

Planning After PLANYC: A Framework for Developing New York City's Next Ten-Year Capital Strategy

Dec 06, 2013
The new mayor will face a difficult challenge: how to responsibly fund competing capital priorities without increasing capital spending and debt extensively. This report reviews capital planning and spending during Mayor Bloomberg’s tenure in order to suggest principles that can guide the development of a new long-term capital plan and financing strategy

Options for Property Tax Reform: Equitable Revenue Raising Reforms for NYC's Property Tax

Dec 06, 2013

The purpose of this report is to describe three options for increasing property tax revenues. The first of these options maintains status quo inequities; in contrast, the other two address some major problems with fairness and efficiency that characterize current policy.

Tax Policy Choices and NYC's Competitive Position

Dec 06, 2013
The purpose of this background paper is to help inform tax policy choices that the new mayoral administration may face. It examines levels of taxation in New York City compared to other cities, and it reviews research on how taxes affect the local economy and migration patterns.

The Most Important Economic and Fiscal Decisions Facing the Next Mayor

Dec 06, 2013

This book is a series of "options papers" presented at a conference on the most important economic and fiscal decisions facing the next Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio. The challenges covered in this book include tax revenues, capital and debt, economic development, and expenses. Below you will find links to the book, the media alert, and video of panels discussing the book's findings.

Report: The Most Important Economic and Fiscal Decisions Facing the Next Mayor
Media Alert

Managing Economic Development Programs in NYC: Lessons for the Next Mayor From the Past Decade

Dec 06, 2013
This paper describes the economic development programs used in New York City and assesses the experience during the Bloomberg Administration in order to provide suggestions for further improvements by the next Mayor.
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