Place, Displacement, & The Politics of Housing Events

New York’s Housing Crisis: Which Way Forward?

Skyline of NYC at night
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue New York, NY
Wednesday, October 3, 6:30pm8:30pm

What are the political, social, and economic forces shaping the future of housing in New York City and globally? How do we negotiate the ideals of development and community preservation, between maintaining affordability and attracting a larger tax base, and between the free market and government intervention? Economist Edward Glaeser, author of Triumph of the City, joins sociologist Miriam Greenberg for a spirited exchange of ideas — moderated by WNYC reporter Matt Katz.

Exhibition viewing of the Museum’s Future City Lab to follow.

This is the opening event in our new series, Housing Tomorrow’s City, which explores the challenges and opportunities presented in the Museum’s Future City Lab, the interactive third gallery in the New York at Its Core exhibition. To view all of the programs in the series, click here.

The Urban Democracy Lab is a Series Affiliate for this program. As such, our community may use the code HOUSING1 to purchase tickets at the Museum Member rate of $15. 

About the Speakers:
Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago and his work has since focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. Glaeser’s books include Cities, Agglomeration, and Spatial Equilibrium (Oxford University Press, 2008), Rethinking Federal Housing Policy (American Enterprise Institute Press, 2008), and Triumph of the City (Penguin Press, 2011).

Miriam Greenberg is a professor of sociology at the University of California Santa Cruz. She is the author of Branding New York: How a City in Crisis was Sold to the World (Routledge, 2008) and Crisis Cities: Disaster and Redevelopment in New York and New Orleans (Oxford, 2014) and co-edited The City is the Factory: New Solidarities and Spatial Tactics in an Urban Age (Cornell, 2017). Since 2013, she has been directing the Critical Sustainabilities project and, since 2015, she has been co-organizing No Place Like Home, a project on the affordable housing crisis in Santa Cruz County.

Matt Katz (moderator) reports on air at WNYC about immigration, refugees, and national security. Katz formerly covered New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for more than five years. In 2015, he and a team from WNYC won a Peabody Award for their coverage of Christie and the Bridgegate scandal.

$25 for Adults | $20 for Students, Seniors, and Educators (with ID) | $15 for Museum Members
Includes Museum admission.

Members: To receive your discount, click on the “Buy Tickets” button above, then sign in to your account on the ticketing page.

Groups of 10 or more get discounts; contact us at or 917.492.3395.

Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or with any questions.