The Real Deal New York

NYC needs more billionaire housing: opinion

November 24, 2013 04:00PM

From left: billionaries Michael Bloomberg, Richard LeFrak, Sheldon Solow and Donald Trump

From left: billionaries Michael Bloomberg, Richard LeFrak, Sheldon Solow and Donald Trump

While the electorate seems to have rejected Bloomberg’s billionWEEKENDEDITIONaire-friendly policies for de Blasio’s affordable housing push, more gilded homes for the super rich may be just what New York City needs, according to Slate’s Matthew Yglesias.

New York currently has more billionaires than any other major city in the world, and Yglesias argues that attracting more can only be a boon to the economy.

“America’s greatest export product is America itself. Whether it’s apartments in Manhattan or beachfront condos in Miami and San Diego, the rich people of the world want to buy dwellings on our shores,” Yglesias wrote. “If we allow for more building permits and denser construction, there’ll be a jobs boom exporting those homes just as Switzerland exports fancy watches or Gulfstream exports private jets.”

And perhaps most significantly, billionaires will pay property taxes on their $100 million sky-scraping condos. Yglesias expects that money to trickle back down to ordinary city residents.

“Take the existing stacks of apartments for rich people and replace them with taller stacks. Then watch the money roll in,” he says. [Slate]Christopher Cameron 

  • JoeBob

    not sure if i totally agree with Yglesias’ opinion…just because one purchases a $100MM +/- condo in the US doesn’t mean he/she will have their company based here that would hypothetically create jobs. I do agree however that the tax money would benefit the city. I think the bigger problem is that Manhattan is too expensive to live in so many NYC residents are moving outside the boroughs, taking revenues away from the city.

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