Downtown Manhattan is one of the city’s most popular destinations for travelers and the people who live there alike.
With Chinatown, the brand-new Oculus, the greenery and activities of Governor’s Island and the Financial District, this neighborhood has no shortage of visitors! More and more families are congregating to this district for its idyllic spaces, but its popularity has translated into overpopulation, with limited space in schools and places for kids to play. Small business owners are also contending with rapid real estate development that means higher rents that endanger them. What are the biggest issues facing State Assembly District 65?
Issue #1: Decreased Affordable Housing
Lower Manhattan is in the midst of a real estate boom, with skyscrapers and luxury apartments growing up at lightning speed. But the lack of rent stabilization is detrimental to middle- and lower-class residents who can’t afford the ever-growing increase in rents because of the neighborhood’s population. In addition, the city’s affordable housing association, NYCHA, continues to suffer with lack of adequate funds, leading to neglected buildings with mold, leaks, and poor sewage infrastructures— inhospitable living spaces. More affordable housing is necessary to accommodate rising rents and stagnant salaries.
Issue #2: Population Growth Equals Crowded Schools
As the neighborhood becomes more populated, schools become more overcrowded, allowing for less individual care for each student and can lead to lower test scores. Kids with special needs tend to fall through the cracks of school systems when educators cannot devote enough attention to them. In addition, District 65’s expansion has meant that as more high-rise residential buildings sprout, there is less space for children to play safely, both in and out of schools.
Issue #3: Protection From Climate Change
District 65 was one of the hardest hit communities when Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast in October 2012. Costing $19 Billion in damage to New York City alone, downtown Manhattan is still repairing flood damage to homes, coastlines, roads, subways and more. It took the city months just to normalize after the storm, and many residents are concerned for the future as environmental catastrophes will become more commonplace with the rise of global warming.
Will the State Assembly 65 representative address the growing needs of this community? Learn more about Democratic candidate Yuh-Line Niou and get informed about 2018’s New York State elections at racetorepresent.com.