If buildings go higher, will rents get lower?

If such a policy were adopted, Lower Manhattan would be among the areas where its impact would be most dramatic, according to the report, which predicts more development of affordable units -- under the City's Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) law -- as designs for new residential buildings were permitted to become taller and bulkier.

"This cap is blocking the way to better urban design, more needed homes, and more mixed-income neighborhoods" says Moses Gates, the RPA's director of Community Planning and Design, who oversaw the report's creation.

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