29 episodes

From the days of the Koch administration to Mayor Adams stepping into City Hall, New York City has spent hundreds of billions of dollars trying to solve the city’s housing problem. Yet from sky-high rents to crumbling public housing to rising rates of homelessness, the problem persists.

Join housing experts Rafael Cestero and Kirk Goodrich, as they look at how New York City’s housing problem has evolved during their combined 60 years in the industry and wrangle with the most daunting challenges still ahead.

THE HOUSING PROBLEM The Housing Problem

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 33 Ratings

From the days of the Koch administration to Mayor Adams stepping into City Hall, New York City has spent hundreds of billions of dollars trying to solve the city’s housing problem. Yet from sky-high rents to crumbling public housing to rising rates of homelessness, the problem persists.

Join housing experts Rafael Cestero and Kirk Goodrich, as they look at how New York City’s housing problem has evolved during their combined 60 years in the industry and wrangle with the most daunting challenges still ahead.

    S3 E10. SHAUN DONOVAN

    S3 E10. SHAUN DONOVAN

    Rafael and Kirk talk to former HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan about catastrophe as a driver of solutions to the housing problem, touching on Superstorm Sandy, the subprime mortgage crisis, and the decline of public housing. Also, are housing abundance and resilience in conflict or compatible?

    • 1 hr 4 min
    S3 E9. VISHAAN CHAKRABARTI

    S3 E9. VISHAAN CHAKRABARTI

    Rafael and Kirk talk to Vishaan Chakrabarti, founder of the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, about supply and demand denialism, the weaponization of Jane Jacobs' legacy, and how to add housing when a city is "full."

    • 52 min
    S3 E8. JAMAR ADAMS

    S3 E8. JAMAR ADAMS

    Rafael and Kirk talk to NFL safety turned real estate developer Jamar Adams - founder and managing principal of Essence Development - about his journey from the gridiron to the board room and the challenge of breaking into the development world as a person of color. Also, public-private partnerships as a tool for improving public housing, pragmatism vs. purity tests, and cities that are making housing development easier.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    S3 E7. GREGG COLBURN

    S3 E7. GREGG COLBURN

    Rafael and Kirk talk to Gregg Colburn, PhD - author and professor of housing and urban development at the University of Washington - about his book "Homelessness is a Housing Problem: How Structural Problems Explain U.S. Patterns," NYC's right to shelter, and why homelessness rates are actually lower where poverty rates are higher.

    • 48 min
    S3 E6. JEFF BLAU

    S3 E6. JEFF BLAU

    On the eve of a potential long-awaited housing deal between New York's Governor and Legislature, Rafael and Kirk talk to Jeff Blau, chief executive of Related Companies, about some of the most fiercely debated housing policies, including tax incentives for developers and tenant protections. Also, can market-rate housing and office buildings help address the affordability problem?

    • 48 min
    S3 E5. ERIC ENDERLIN

    S3 E5. ERIC ENDERLIN

    It doesn't add up. Rafael and Kirk talk to Eric Enderlin, president of the NYC Housing Development Corporation, about the brutal math of building affordable housing. Plus, public housing, the lopsided financial benefits of homeownership, single-room occupancy (SRO) units, and the obstacles to filling vacant housing.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Need the nfp voice ,

Have more nfp developer reps on

Great podcast but I would recommend having more nfp affordable developers on the podcast. Would be great to have a wider perspective.

C_Lass ,

Here as a learner ...

A good portion of my job is looking to see how communities solve housing crisis problems.

BookBuyer71 ,

Important Issue, Familiar Approach

This podcast is fine. Two experienced and knowledgeable insiders who have conversations with other insiders. The discussions focus on practical approaches to address one of the most challenging issues that seems intractable. This podcast is a nice complement to other podcasts that are focused on structural changes to address public housing and affordability.

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