- "Wanna rent this tree? $300."
Bloomberg made two commitments when he took office, WNYC reports
: to create more affordable housing and to make the city a more desirable place to live. But achieving the latter meant forgoing the former: as more people come to the city, spreading out across once working-class neighborhoods, rents rise. Measuring the burden of that rent isn't just figuring out which neighborhoods charge the highest median rents (including utilities); it's comparing that information against an area's median income. What WNYC found when they crunched the numbers
is something we of course already knew: in Bloomberg's New York, it's been harder for the poor to survive—but not for the better off. [photo