I bet the next 5 years will be spent on ways how to get an exemption. Mega buildings getting their own hospital and school floors, might be cheaper or less hassle in the end…
The mistake is in the referenced Wired article as well. Digging into THAT article’s references, I think it’s a misquote from this report. It’s talking about buildings that are over 50,000 square feet which, as the paper mentions, only accounts for 2% of NYC’s buildings. It’s a pretty egregious mistake for a paper like Wired to make, but such is life.
The big thing is enforcement ability and frequently the financial ability of the owners (at least as they are able to present themselves in the media). Sending one inspector is easier than sending ten. The finance issue is that they avoid a lot of the media sob stories about the poor single building landlord who inherited grandpas brownstone and can never afford the upgrades.
(cough) campaign contributions (cough cough)
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