From the Times Ledger:
If you looked at the median income of Astorians, you'd wonder how people of such modest means can afford the high cost of living here.
The answer to this riddle, I believe, is twofold. First, it should be obvious that not everybody who has money is making it honestly and reporting it. The other part is the trend toward "dormification," where large numbers of unrelated people are splitting the prohibitively high rents two, four, and even six different ways.
The end result is that what was once a charming community of small businesses and stable families is becoming a high-priced shantytown.
If the local politicians weren't profiting from all this, they would do something about it.