The following are five observations gleaned from the spatial visualization of changes in Western Queens from 2000-2017. They are not conclusive or endpoints, nor do they encapsulate all that the maps tell. They are openings for digging deeper.
#1 – A lot has changed in Western Queens in the last 20 years.
#2 – Despite loads more new residential construction, a higher percentage of tenants in Western Queens are struggling to pay rent today than in the past.
# 3 – The new housing in SW Queens is categorically different from the other housing in the region.
#4 – Though less so, rents across region have also gone up.
#5 – Only public housing rents have remained remotely consistent over time.
This is but one interpretation. There are many. I encourage you to view all the maps and draw your own conclusions.
Data for these maps comes from the 2000 Decennial Survey and the 5 year estimates from the 2017 American Community Survey, both conducted by the US Census. I encourage you to see the full write-up if you haven’t already.