Panel Presentation-Public Policy
A team of undergraduate students majoring in Public Policy won “Best Panel Presentation” at New York University’s annual Undergraduate Research Conference on May 5. Jeremy Cheung, Aaron Reuben, William Wang, and Tiffany Wong captured the recognition of excellence for their policy proposal for a new path toward ameliorating New York City’s housing shortage.
The students’ extensive research was supported by a grant from the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund at the College of Arts and Science (CAS). The undergraduate Public Policy major at CAS is jointly offered and administered by NYU Wagner.
The team found that cities such as San Francisco and Portland have been successful in allowing property owners to build new legal dwellings—known as Accessory Dwelling Units—in their basement, garage, or adjacent lot. The students concluded that ADU’s, if facilitated by zoning changes, would add as many as 30,000 units to New York City’s housing stock, which lacks an adequate supply of affordable rentals.