Op-ed: Here’s a radical proposal: Let’s make ‘yes’ the objective in every Buildings Department interaction

New York City is troubled by homelessness, gentrification, income inequality, structural racism and a lot of other big problems. All—and more—are exacerbated by the indecently high cost of creating new housing here.

Mayor Eric Adams can help by fixing the administrative process.

The city Department of Buildings enforces standards and livability guidelines, ensuring that our homes and offices are safe, energy-efficient and appropriate to their neighborhood. But the process of obtaining approvals to build is flawed.

Academic studies repeatedly identify a causal relationship between the complexity of building regulations and procedures in any city and the cost of housing there.

Our regulations in New York certainly can

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