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Make Commercial Spaces Affordable Too

Publications - May 2015

Make Commercial Spaces Affordable Too

In this City & State op-ed, CUF executive director Jonathan Bowles analyzes the growing demand for commercial spaces in New York. He argues that as Mayor de Blasio develops innovative proposals to address the city's affordable housing crisis, the administration should also move to unleash the potential of commercial spaces that have long gone vacant or underutilized.

Mayor de Blasio’s 10-Year Capital Plan: Ambitious But Insufficient

Publications - May 2015

Mayor de Blasio’s 10-Year Capital Plan: Ambitious But Insufficient

At a time when so much of the city’s essential infrastructure is in need of repair and expansion, funding for New York's infrastructure projects is critical. In a May 2015 testimony before the City’s Committee on Finance, CUF executive director Jonathan Bowles presents new ideas for capital funding streams.

The Next 10 Years: Mayor de Blasio's Capital Priorities

Data - May 2015

The Next 10 Years: Mayor de Blasio's Capital Priorities

In this data brief, we compare Mayor de Blasio’s 10-year capital projections to actual capital expenditures in the final decade of the Bloomberg Administration (FY2005-FY2014). The numbers offer a clear insight into Mayor de Blasio’s priorities and how they contrast with the previous administration’s.

Keeping the Water On: New York Must Address Infrastructure, Costs

Publications - April 2015

Keeping the Water On: New York Must Address Infrastructure, Costs

In this op-ed in the Gotham Gazette, CUF researcher Adam Forman argues that with last year’s spike in water main breaks throughout all five boroughs, Mayor de Blasio should hold firm on increasing water rates and consider additional methods to finance and modernize New York’s water infrastructure.

Aging Gas Lines: Signs of Progress, But Improvements Still Needed

Data - March 2015

Aging Gas Lines: Signs of Progress, But Improvements Still Needed

The recent tragedy in the East Village brought renewed attention to the city’s infrastructure. And while aging gas mains and service lines remain an issue, both Con Edison and National Grid have significantly improved the safety and efficiency of the distribution system in recent years.

NYC's Share of Private Sector Jobs

Data - March 2015

NYC's Share of Private Sector Jobs

Though jobs have grown in nearly every region of the state over the last decade, New York City’s share of the state’s private sector jobs has skyrocketed – growing from from 43.0 percent in 2004 to 46.5 percent in 2014.

Mayor discusses CUF report on New York's aging infrastructure

Impact - February 2015

Mayor discusses CUF report on New York's aging infrastructure

In a January 2015 interview with The Nation, Mayor de Blasio corrects interviewer with the exact data from our Caution Ahead report.

State of the Chains, 2014

Publications - December 2014

State of the Chains, 2014

Our 7th annual ranking of national retailers in New York City shows the largest year-over-year increase in the number of chain stores in four years, with Queens experiencing the fastest growth in new stores.

Prompted by CUF Report, City Council examines economic impact of aging infrastructure

Impact - November 2014

Prompted by CUF Report, City Council examines economic impact of aging infrastructure

Prompted by CUF's Caution Ahead report, City Council held a hearing on the economic impact of New York's aging infrastructure.

NYC’s Growing Self-Employed Population

Data - November 2014

NYC’s Growing Self-Employed Population

New York City is now home to nearly a quarter million self-employed workers, and this segment of the workforce increased by 31 percent between 2000 and 2012. As of 2012, 6.5 percent of the city’s working adults were self-employed, up from 5.7 percent in 2000.

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