Love him or hate him, the smart money in New York City says that de Blasio is virtually ensured a second term. “What Manhattanites in the ‘Bloomberg Bubble’ don’t understand,” says the organization head who deals regularly with the mayor’s office, “is that many people in the outer boroughs love him as much as Manhattanites hate him. But even more important is that the city’s builders love him, and they have always elected the mayor in New York City, by funneling more money than anyone else to their chosen candidate. Why do they love de Blasio? Because he doesn’t give a damn about urban planning, density, or architecture. He only cares about more affordable housing. For the builders that means they get to build an extra 20 floors and do it with fewer restrictions.”
Monday, September 07, 2015
There's a telling quote near the end of Bryan Burrough's Vanity Fair profile of the mayor, Bill de Blasio’s Battle to Save New York—and Himself:
I don't disagree. If only Burrough had actually delved into de Blasio's willingness to champion unaffordable affordable housing.