NYC isn’t building enough residential density near transit: report

To match proposed legislation in California, the city would have to largely increase building heights

New York /
Mar.March 30, 2018 04:00 PM

Areas of NYC that could accommodate more housing density
(Credit: Regional Plan Association; Click to enlarge)

New York City isn’t taking full advantage of its transit infrastructure when it comes to housing density along transportation routes, according to the Regional Plan Association.

Officials in California have proposed a bill to deal with the state’s housing shortage that would require at least eight-story buildings on wide streets that lie within a five-minute walk of transit, and buildings at least four or five stories tall on narrow streets that are up to 10 minutes from the nearest stop. If that law were applied in New York, the RPA found that 85 percent of the city would need to increase density in order to comply, Crain’s reported.

“New York’s zoning isn’t as transit-friendly as you might think,” authors Moses Gates and Sarah Serpas wrote in an RPA blog post.

Large swaths of Brooklyn and Queens have densities that are far too low, considering their access to high-quality transit, the RPA found. Sections of Midwood and Forest Hills, for example, only allow for single-family homes, despite their proximity to express subway stops.

“Not allowing more homes where they make sense — near jobs and transit — means we either have to build them where they don’t make sense, or not build them at all,” the RPA authors wrote. “Either way, it leads to worse commutes, more crowding and a more expensive and less livable city.”

The RPA earlier this year released a report recommending repealing a 1961 state law that limits the square footage of residential buildings to a floor-to-area ratio of 12. The State Senate earlier this week introduced a bill eliminating the limit, though it faces long odds in Albany. [Crain’s]Rich Bockmann


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Huge home headache hassles North Fork locals
Huge home headache hassles North Fork locals
Huge home headache hassles North Fork locals
As home prices went up, sales edged down — by 0.9% from April to May (iStock)
Sticker shock? Existing home sales fall for fourth straight month
Sticker shock? Existing home sales fall for fourth straight month
Vornado's Steve Roth and a rendering of 93-30 93rd Street (Getty, JLL)
Vornado looks to sell Rego Park development site for $85M
Vornado looks to sell Rego Park development site for $85M
1301 Metropolitan Avenue and 151 East 90th Street (Google Maps)
Industrial, multifamily, retail sales punctuated midsize deals last week
Industrial, multifamily, retail sales punctuated midsize deals last week
Kairos’ founder Ankur Jain (Getty)
Startup charts a (long) path toward homeownership
Startup charts a (long) path toward homeownership
9 Prospect Park West and 2 Northside Piers in Williamsburg (Photos via Google Maps and 2 Northside Piers/Facebook)
A Park Slope co-op was one of the priciest deals inked last week
A Park Slope co-op was one of the priciest deals inked last week
42 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk
The unsellables: Even in a hot market, these Hamptons homes don’t move
The unsellables: Even in a hot market, these Hamptons homes don’t move
220 Central Park South with Michael Cantanucci and 378 West End Avenue (Photos via Getty Images, Jim.henderson/Wikimedia, 378WEA)
Discounts for Manhattan’s luxury homes have shrunk
Discounts for Manhattan’s luxury homes have shrunk
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...