Criticism over banks' compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act is starting to pick up — and that could be another sign the economy is doing the same.

An advocacy group issued a report last week criticizing New York's banks for not doing enough in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development pointed to a reduction in multifamily lending, which fell 28% in 2010 from 2009, based on the most-recent CRA data.

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