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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Rauch Foundation; Long Island Index

Author(s): Tom Amper

Topic: Social conditions (Urban conditions)
Social conditions (Housing)

Keywords: housing ; families ; new jobs

Coverage: New York


According to the Long Island Index 2008, developing attractive downtown areas could be a source of new affordable housing. Findings indicate that 85% of Long Islanders currently live in single-family homes, though one third of residents would prefer a housing option in a downtown area, in an apartment, condominium, duplex or townhouse. This option is especially attractive to singles, couples without children, empty nesters and residents over 65 who placed high value on living close to a downtown, being able to walk to amenities and having a home with low maintenance needs.

As reported in the 2008 Index, successful regions recognize and utilize their assets. Long Island’s more than 100 downtowns are a valuable asset, but for the past 50 years the majority of them have been neglected and underutilized. According to Ann Golob, Project Director, Long Island Index, “Downtowns are the key to Long Island’s survival. They have the potential to provide the affordable housing units that Long Island needs in order to retain young workers and retirees, both are essential to the region’s economic and social future – and without changing the communities’ appealing character. Moreover, an overwhelming majority of public opinion supports redeveloping walkable, sustainable downtown centers are crucial to creating new homes and jobs.”


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