New Game Explores Why New York City Rent Is so High

June 12, 2015

The non-profit Citizens Housing Planning Council developed a game that allows users experience how developers price their apartments.

The goal of the game is to plan a rental building in New York City where the rent can sustain the burden of construction and operating costs.

“First, you’ll need to choose a neighborhood from a list of options,” CityLab reports. “Next, set the rental price for an 800-square foot two-bedroom apartment. Anything from $250 to $10,000 is fair game. Let’s assume you’ll charge $2,250. Do you want to build a mid-rise (up to 12 stories) or a high-rise? Do you want to pay prevailing wages for construction and maintenance?”

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