Paul Krugman: In "this ghastly year," it's refreshing to see a politician "offer real solutions to real problems"

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is on the side of angels -- again

Published April 4, 2016 11:52AM (EDT)

Paul Krugman       (Reuters/Zainal Abd Halim)
Paul Krugman (Reuters/Zainal Abd Halim)

In his Monday New York Times column, economist Paul Krugman discussed what has increasingly become a political rarity -- the ability of politicians to effect change for the better, as opposed to offering policies that deny others the rights to access what actually maintains America's greatness.

In particular, Krugman's concerned with housing policy in New York City, which was becoming increasingly gentrified as the wealthy price out lower income families. "The good news is," he writes, "New York's government is trying to do something about it."

Mayor Bill de Blasio has pushed through a program that would selectively loosen rules on density, height, and parking as long as developers include affordable and senior housing. The idea is, in effect, to accommodate the rising demand of affluent families for an urban lifestyle, but to harness that demand on behalf of making the city affordable for lower-income families too...

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By Scott Eric Kaufman

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