Relentless growth fueled by immigration, people arriving from other parts of the country and more residents simply staying put will push an already swelling population past the 9 million mark in the decade beginning 2030.
The growth rate — similar to the average increase of 75,054 between 2010 and 2015 — is forcing city leaders and policy experts to confront how to house, transport, and school another half million people.
The population, which was at 8.55 million last year, is projected to reach 9.03 million by 2040 at the latest.
For Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, the highest level of growth is projected to be in the 2010-2020 period, with growth slowing thereafter.
Mayor de Blasio, who spoke at a Crain’s New York Business breakfast on preparations for the population surge Tuesday, says the city will need to be taller, denser, and conquer neighborhood fears that development will force locals out.
“It’s true there are types of development that can exacerbate inequality and reduce inclusion. There’s also types of development that can increase inclusion, that can open up opportunity. And we have to have a good and clear conversation about what the difference is,” he said.
Hey remember when Mayor Bloomberg created PlaNYC 2030 because we were supposed to hit the 9M mark by then? Oh well, what's 10 more years?
Allowing bigger density incentivizes developers to buy up currently affordable housing and replace it with new, unaffordable housing. I'm not sure why we are still pretending that we don't get that fact.