Backyard Politics: These Candidates Want More Housing in New York’s Rich Neighborhoods

A pro-density contingent in 2021’s elections appears to be gaining steam, adding one mayoral candidate to its ranks this week.

Comptroller and mayoral hopeful Scott Stringer waded into the debate on Tuesday, declaring in a tweet that he favored upzoning SoHo, where a revamp of land use rules is pending.

The “yes in my backyard” crowd cheered, particularly Open New York, a pro-development group that has pushed a plan to allow more affordable housing in SoHo.

Stringer doubled down in a statement to THE CITY, saying that “upzonings with strong affordability requirements will be an important component of my housing agenda as mayor.”

“Particularly in affluent neighborhoods, such as Soho, this is critical to advance integration,” he said.

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