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Will Thomas
Fairly opinionated. Liberal. YIMBY ().
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Will Thomas Nov 27
Like even within their current zoning, citywide legislation allowing ADUs, legalizing basement apartments, and ending parking minimums would all go much farther in Staten Island than most other places
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Will Thomas Nov 27
Yea, I just think letting Staten Island secede and become a Nassau-like entity would be a huge missed opportunity in terms of housing—citywide reform goes so much further with them inside the house
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Will Thomas Nov 27
I personally feel like calling out exclusionary Republicans would resonate fairly broadly even if they’re merely the worst offenders
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Will Thomas Nov 27
Part of me has always wondered whether the partisan representation of Staten Island would make its zoning easier to reform on a citywide basis
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Will Thomas Nov 27
Replying to @jbarro
fwiw Williamstown might be the crunchiest place I've ever visited
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Will Thomas Nov 26
Replying to @SoBendito
Hero we need
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Will Thomas Nov 26
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Will Thomas Nov 26
Replying to @nominalthoughts
I think there’s a limit to how far they can go with autocentric development before they impose growth controls, but other than that I see what you’re saying
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Will Thomas Nov 26
Has any council member killed more affordable housing than Jimmy Van Bramer? Not entirely sure we need more elected officials like him
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Will Thomas Nov 25
It’s always really telling which kind of deregulation conservatives like don’t like
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Will Thomas Nov 25
Pour over is YIMBY af, we’re just looking to copy Japan
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Will Thomas Nov 25
Replying to @mattyglesias
I do think Sandy Hook was so egregious Obama would have likely pushed for something even if it had happened in his first term
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Will Thomas Nov 25
Replying to @jbarro
It’s not all on a left-right axis—like I feel like anyone not working directly for Cuomo could get on board with killing his backwards Air Train or giving the Andy Byfords of the world more independence
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𝗡𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗻 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝘆 Nov 25
Sounds like the Upper West Side should be first in line for a permenant homeless facility.
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Open New York Nov 25
Terrible news—our unsheltered neighbors deserve better. This tragedy is entirely thanks to the Mayor’s political cowardice. Shameful on multiple fronts.
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Scott Feeney Nov 24
wtf no every part of this is wrong
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Will Thomas Nov 24
Well, also that the downzonings were far too strict imo—like most of the East Village is close enough to transit to merit dev, and yet the majority was downzoned in 2008
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Will Thomas Nov 24
I think it makes most sense as an argument for proactively allowing greater densities by transit, but I agree completely that it doesn’t justify Bloomberg-style downzonings
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Will Thomas Nov 24
They might not be super-highrises, though—I’ll give you that!
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Will Thomas Nov 24
I think they’d still build highrises around the PATH stations—this argument from Alon Levy convinced me
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