False choices are where good ideas and good policies go to die. On the topic of housing, there’s no false choice that irks me more than whether New York state should have abundant housing or robust tenant protections. The answer, as made clear in many places around the world, is not to do one or the other: It’s to do both.
There is an excellent good-cause eviction bill in the New York Legislature now, introduced by Sen. Julia Salazar and Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter. The bill would prohibit steep rent increases, provide automatic lease renewals in most cases and stop evictions without good cause.
Opponents have launched a full-blown assault against
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