Last week, New York tenants overcame the state’s powerful real-estate lobby to win a historic package of renter protections. Next stop: universal rent control.
Samuel Stein is a geography PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, and author of the book Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State.
What we need isn’t exclusionary zoning, inclusionary zoning, upzoning, downzoning, a zoning freeze, or no zoning at all. We need an anticapitalist planning movement.
Capitalists are already using the state to reshape our cities — we need to wield it in a radically different way to serve the interests of working people.
Today should be a day of celebration. Amazon is leaving New York, and we just dealt a blow to urban neoliberalism.
The Trump fortune was built off theft — from workers, from the state, and from the commons.
We need bold new transit projects. But Bill de Blasio’s streetcar plan shows we won’t get them by catering to private developers.
Bill de Blasio has put forward some progressive policies as New York City mayor. But he’s also primed the pump for real estate and finance.
By embracing inclusionary zoning, Mayor de Blasio gets to put forth a big, bold plan for reducing inequalities without challenging capitalists.