Saturday, September 02, 2006

GSOC, and NYU, in the News

The July-August 2006 issue of Academe, the magazine of the American Association of University Professors, has an article by Cary Nelson and Jane Buck about the experience of getting arrested at the April 27th rally. The print version of the magazine also carries a great photo of GSOCers and GSOC placards on Washington Square North.

Meanwhile, The Villager has a new story about the 12th street dorm lawsuit, with lots more detail than prior coverage.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to support affordable housing, why oppose building new dorms?

9/05/2006 2:49 PM  
Blogger Bread and Roses said...

New dorms do not equal affordable housing. In fact, the average room and board fees are over $10,000 for 9 months, and there is no reason to assume that the new dorm would be any cheaper. In fact, as new construction, NYU might choose to charge more than it charges in some current facilities. Students can definately live in NYC, and even close to NYU, for less than that--particularly given that much NYU housing is tiny, includes shared bedrooms, and is in disrepair. For instance, a graduate student I know lives in a studio apartment on first avenue south of 14th street which is bigger than some NYU dorm rooms I have seen for $1,300 a month. 2 students sharing this space would pay $650 a month in rent each and could cook their own meals to save money on board.

9/06/2006 1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although new dorms don't guarantee cheaper housing, in the long run only an decrease in the demand for housing (compared to the amount of housing available) will lower the price. Adding rooms seems better than dropping students.

9/06/2006 5:29 PM  
Blogger zach said...

anon, that's the same argument being made about the luxury apartments in the ratnerville/Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn, but I don't see it. The logic of "demand" here seems somewhat reified - who's to say that the building of new dorms won't only beget more dorms and take more housing off the general market - or, in the case of brooklyn, what if yuppie begets more yuppie and the atlantic yards only pave the way for the encroachment of more high cost housing. How does that obviate the need for affordable housing?

9/07/2006 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is that there is an enormous shortage of housing, which leads to only high-cost housing being available. Building one dorm won't help; building a couple hundred thousand new apartments or condos would make a significant difference.

9/08/2006 10:29 AM  

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