Still, Boston’s pro­gram cre­ated more afford­able housing as con­struc­tion was booming but most incomes were stag­nant or declining. Boston requires devel­opers to make 15% of units afford­able or pay at least $200,000 per unit to finance such housing else­where in the city.

Barry Blue­stone, director of North­eastern University’s Center for Urban and Regional Policy, said that while Boston’s inclu­sionary zoning has pro­duced plenty of afford­able housing, it hasn’t solved the city’s inequality issue—a sce­nario that may play out in New York if Mr. de Blasio is elected.

I think it will lead to some­what less [housing],” Mr. Blue­stone said. “And I think that’s a problem, because both our cities are growing. We’re get­ting a lot of young people coming in.”

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