In the past, two-family homes were built, with owners living in one, renting out the other.
Now, however, developers are putting up three-family, or, even, two, attached, six-family homes. Owners still live in one, but rely on the income from the other two, to offset their mortgages.
Zoning is usually no problem, because the areas are already zoned for multi-family homes.
However, that doesn’t mean these new buildings are met with acceptance by their neighbors.
No, most of the time, current residents are against them.
Sometimes for good reason. Most of the time, for no good reason.
[C]ritics like Helen Sears, the city councilwoman who represents the Corona area [in Queens, NY], worry that shoehorning so many people into tight confines can cause fire hazards. Additionally, as in old-fashioned tenements, residents may not have sufficient access to sunlight and fresh air.
â€œThis is a major, major issue,ï¿½? Ms. Sears said. â€œThese developers just care about the cash theyâ€™re stuffing in their pockets, not how theyâ€™re squashing everybody together.ï¿½?
Yep, these are just like old-fashioned tenement houses. Except there are only three units per building … and the typical floorplan is over 3,000 square feet!!!!
You can come up with a hundred excuses that dense housing shouldn’t be built in an otherwise single-family or residential neighborhood.
Not one of them is necessarily a good one, though.
Complete story: Bye-Bye Two-Families, Hello Six – By C.J. Hughes, The New York Times