Back rent piles up, taxing empty buildings, & more

By Emily Myers | March 2, 2021 - 10:30AM 

Millions of households and landlords fall deeper into debt waiting for rent relief as funds in New York are caught up in the state’s budget process (The Wall Street Journal)

Public construction projects, including affordable housing, street improvements, schools, parks, and sewer upgrades will restart after being on hold during the pandemic (Commercial Observer)

There's a case for targeting the city's empty buildings with vacancy taxes to incentivize occupancy and affordability (Bloomberg)

Prominent tenant activist Cea Weaver has her nomination to the City Planning Commission withdrawn (The Real Deal)

Advocacy groups want hundreds of miles of bike lanes and open streets with cars kicked off 25 percent of the city's roads (Gothamist)

Women pay higher mortgage rates than men in every state but Alaska (Housing Wire)

Emily Myers

Senior Writer/Podcast Producer

Emily Myers is a senior writer, podcast host, and producer at Brick Underground. She studied journalism at the University of the Arts, London, and graduated with a MA Honors degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. As host of the Brick Underground podcast she has earned three awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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