Which Brooklyn Neighborhoods Have the Heaviest Rent Burdens?

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Bloomberg made two commitments when he took office, WNYC reports: to create more affordable housing and to make the city a more desirable place to live. But achieving the latter meant forgoing the former: as more people come to the city, spreading out across once working-class neighborhoods, rents rise. Measuring the burden of that rent isn’t just figuring out which neighborhoods charge the highest median rents (including utilities); it’s comparing that information against an area’s median income. What WNYC found when they crunched the numbers is something we of course already knew: in Bloomberg’s New York, it’s been harder for the poor to survive—but not for the better off. [photo]

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