19 thoughts on “Bronx BP Disses Anarchists and Gives a New View on Gentrification

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  2. He is absoloutly right, how can this borough survive if there is no place to live for the people who actually work for a living? Bronxites who make a nice income should be able to live here, after all they actually worked for it.

    • “Who actually work for a living”

      Because the rest of us don’t. Even people on gov. assistance have to work, it pays 1/3rd of your bills, stupid. I would know, because I’m a college student on gov. assistance and I STILL HAVE TO BUST MY BUTT AND WORK.

      • Well I hope for your sake you’re majoring in something useful so you won’t have to be on public assistance your whole life. I rather my tax dollars go to police salary, not your EBT card.

        • Well I hope for your sake you actually do something like read a book, so you won’t have to be a dumbass your whole life. I’d rather my tax dollars go to my EBT card, not police salary.

          • “I’d rather my tax dollars go to my EBT card, not police salary”…

            Then you would fit in the category of those who want the BX to be as it was in the 90’s… I can remember being in that time. I can recall times of seeing police laugh at people threatening to kill other people in the street… In those days the BX had a homicide rate not too far off from Washington DC… Which means much higher than Chicago or Philly right now.

      • I hope you do. Others have before you and will after you. Be grateful for what you get from others(government) and if it all makes it possible for you succeed then give thanks all around.

        • I am grateful and it does help. Took over a year of me not having insurance, paying for food and then rent before I even got approved for food stamps, but it’s one less bill I have to worry about. I’m also grateful they pay my tuition for school. Life is hard.

      • I would assume he’s talking about people who don’t work or who do so minimally to extract from the system…. There are some people who can work hard but will never pass a certain stage – but that’s not who the beef is with. Some people can’t pay rent but can drink liquor and smoke weed everyday… Some people can’t afford a metro card but have brand new name-brand sneakers…

        • What I’m saying is, there is no “miminal”. For example, I’m in the process of cash assistance since I lost my job. It only gives me 1/3 of my rent so I have to find the other elsewhere. As far as the other things you mentioned, it’s not that they can’t pay for those things. It’s just bad money management. They still have to pay those things. They just never progress financially because they don’t know how to save. How many people in the hood have good money management? Not many…But he sounds salty at people who receive benefits so he wants to group everyone. Not everyone sits on their a$$. People are going through real Ish man, it’s hard out here as a bottom dweller….

          • No – it’s not about “people in the hood” not having good money management. People of all economic classes go bankrupt for different reasons… A lot of rich and middle class people have terrible credit ratings just because they didn’t pay their bills on time.
            I grew up with guys who did 15 years – and some still into a 30 year sentence. If they were law abiding they could have been great business men. A lot of it was just choices and mindset.
            Conversely I know people who owned houses and make over 100k per year – lost their job and had to use food stamps…. That’s not the people I’m referring. I’m referring to those who just want to leach the system. I didn’t say you were one either.

  3. Either this event was confused & confusing or the report is. What higher income affordable housing program is in the works? Who is Mr. Diaz calling “anarchists”? does he have some group(s) in mind? As prices of Bronx apartments and houses rise (as they seem to have been doing), where will the current residents go?

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  5. I work for an agency in the South Bronx helping seniors and we are seeing a lot of them become homeless due to the higher rents here in the Bronx. We get the ads from the HPD website so we can help them fill out applications. What is so called “affordable housing” really isn’t for our senior population. Some get SS or SSI checks for about $800 per month. This totals $9,600 per year. These so called “low income” apartments are for people earning over $20,000 a year and up. So if our older adult client lives alone, he/she would never be able to afford this. Even a married couple each receiving $800 per month cannot afford it. I totally agree with Mr. Diaz. He has been a great BP and loves the Bronx seniors.

  6. It is so unnecessary and stupid to comment/debate about people that work or don’t and EBT cards. That is so irrelevant to the real issues. We are living in an unfair economic world. We are all or will be struggling in one way or another. There’s an overwhelming amount of privatization and the rich becoming richer; Even the middle class is finding themselves in dis-pair. What the borough President needs to focus on rent hikes, buildings owned by landlords who do not maintain the buildings, and rents that raised because of a new development in the community. The cost of living goes up, rent goes up, corporations continue to profit off the working people but living wages stay the same. I am a working mother. My husband is a working father, many of my friends and family are as well. We are all professionals and skilled in a particular field. Not all of them want to move out of the Bronx. In fact, they have respect and are dedicated to helping improve. I don’t want the Bronx to stay looking like the 90s. What i want is for the Bronx to not be the forgotten borough anymore. Not for someone elses profit but so we can together equally generate wealth, share and sustain it for future generations. The Borough President is delusional if he is trying to redefine the meaning of gentrification with that plan and agenda. I can point out other things in our neighborhood he pays no mine to that if he did may help more. NOT Every Vision and Plan is a Good One and Intended for All.

    • Most people I know who were born and raised in The Bronx and went away to college never went back. Why? Most say they can’t get the type of housing there new level of income brings them… Or they say there is too much of a “ghetto mentality” that they don’t want to be associated with. It’s not about gentrification… It’s about the fact that when those people don’t return – it keeps the majority as uneducated – which causes social ills. It’s the same issue with many countries that have high rates of migration of their educated populace.

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