Graduation Date

Fall 12-16-2019

Grading Professor

Jarret Murphy

Subject Concentration

Urban Reporting

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


In December 2017, New York City Council passed a regulation that curtailed the growth of self-storage facilities in the city’s Industrial Business Zones. As a result, major self-storage developers in the city diverted their investments to other business portfolios. But the demand for storage in New York City is high. And due to high population density coupled with small living quarters, peoples need for extra space in the city is huge. In contrast, studies show that peoples need for storage in the city is underserved. In this article, i spoke to policy makers, activists and developers in the self-storage industry and a self-storage customer - Daphne Singleton, to find out the unintended consequences of the regulation of the self-storage industry in the city.


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