Bronx Residents Protest Plan for Overpriced ‘Affordable’ Housing

Bronx residents and supporters protested Nov. 12 outside a hearing on Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s inclusionary-zoning proposal (see page 1). The plan would require developers who build housing in rezoned areas make 30 percent of the units affordable to households with an average income of $69,000 a year. “The Borough President’s proposal is a slap in the face for Bronx residents who have an average income of $25,000,” the protest’s organizers, who included CASA-New Settlement Apartments, Banana Kelly, and the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, said in a statement. “The proposal will not provide any affordable units for those who need it the most.” Opponents of the plan also testified at the hearing.