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Public Advocate De Blasio Presents Housing Plan On Campaign Trail

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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, a mayoral candidate, is pushing a plan he claims will overhaul the city's affordable housing strategy.

The centerpiece is a mandate that developers include affordable housing in large developments

His plan would also offer new incentives to convert vacant lots and abandoned buildings into affordable units.

"I'll always say the things I think were productive about the Bloomberg approach, but what was less productive? An over-emphasis on the higher end of the income scale rather than a evenly tiered approach. An over-emphasis on Manhattan versus the outer boroughs. An over-emphasis on smaller apartments versus apartments that can accommodate larger families, which are particularly needed in the outer boroughs," said de Blasio.

De Blasio said the plan would lead to 100,000 new affordable units and help preserve 90,000 more.

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