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With Mayor Bloomberg on the way out, local politicians see an opportunity to change the city's affordable housing laws. Since Bloomberg's inclusionary zoning was enacted in 2005, only 1.7 percent of new units (or 2,769 apartments) were built through the program (most affordable units were through other programs). Brooklyn councilman Brad Lander is leading the charge, releasing a report that details how to make inclusionary zoning mandatory for new developments. It's a tantalizing thought for affordable housing proponents, but a slew of legal issues and economic concerns must be addressed before that could ever happens. [NYO]