4 thoughts on “As Industry City Promises a New Sunset Park, Some Residents Fight to Maintain the Old One

  1. Corrections: 1. Sunset Park is not “overwhelmingly Mexican and Chinese.” Puerto Ricans are the largest ethnic group, with a growing Mexican-American and Dominican-American presence, followed by Chinese-American and white population.
    2. To report on different opinions regarding zoning regulations does not illustrate how Industry City really came to be with public funding in this sweetheart deal. There was not a open debate and full disclosure. Much like the sell-off of the nearly Army Terminal (for 39 years), the community had little input on the final decision-making about Industry City, which was a series backroom deals between elected officials and developers.
    3. If you would have interviewed more than one community leader, you would have learned the real impact we are already seeing: rising rents when slated as “hot market” by brokers, nearby luxury developments displacing residents (about a dozen new condos and hotels going up this year alone), vanishing jobs and increasing unemployment for working class residents, an alarming increase in traffic congestion, and air quality concerns that have gone unaddressed to due industry lobbying against environmental monitoring and regulations.
    4. The Navy Yard and Chelsea Market should have been identified as examples of developers buying public land and getting public resources to off-set their costs–all the while marketing new high-end developments as “neighborhood improvement projects” which were not realized. In District 38 (which encompasses Industry City), our elected officials have sold off several marinas and a public library to developers against the will of community and not for our use or gain by any reasonable measure.
    5. By not interviewing more residents, you failed to objectively report on the consequences of high-profit development projects on our low-income community.
    6. Your article’s tone and headline dismisses the people of Sunset Park as reactionaries opposed to progress, and positions estate developers as enlightened, law-abiding leaders working for our betterment.

    • Open up, Mick. Tell us what you really think. Just how is this all to be blamed on the ever smaller Non-Hispanic White population?

    • Fact checking Bernie Sanders’ commitment to so-called minority communities:
      http://www.thepeoplesview.net/main/2016/2/17/when-brown-lives-did-not-matter-to-bernie

      #VettingBernie: How Sanders Cleared Way to Dump Toxic Nuclear Waste on Poor Hispanics (and How They Fought Back)

      Kris Jirapinyo
      February 17, 2016

      Excerpt:

      “A factoid one should note here was that at this time, the governor for whom the TLLRWDA was working was none other than George W. Bush. Oh, and Jane Sanders, Bernie’s wife, sits on the Board of this wonderful Texas authority.

      So, despite all that has happened to select the nuclear waste site, what was the course of action taken by Bernie Sanders? He feigned ignorance. Instead of acknowledging the environmental injustice that was going on, he washed his hands clean of any responsibility for that. While introducing the bill to the House, he insisted that it was not Congress’s job to designate a specific disposal site but that the task should be left up to Texas, a thinly veiled attempt to renege on responsibility and instead pass the buck to someone else. As far as he’s concerned, it’s only his job to ensure that somehow Vermont can send their toxic waste to Texas. The town name Sierra Blanca was mentioned over 58 times during the course of the debates on the bill. It’s highly doubtful that Bernie Sanders didn’t know exactly where they were going to dump the toxic waste from Vermont.”

      Pass this on….

      #anarchy2016

  2. Voted to dump Vermont’s nuclear waste in a majority Latino community in Sierra Blanca, Texas

    In 1998, the House of Representatives approved a compact struck between Texas, Vermont and Maine that would allow Vermont and Maine to dump low-level nuclear waste at a designated site in Sierra Blanca, Texas. Sanders, at the time representing Vermont in the House, cosponsored the bill and actively ushered it through Congress.

    Located about 16 miles from the Mexican border, Sierra Blanca’s population is predominantly of Mexican ancestry. At the time, the community was about two-thirds Latino, and its residents had an average income of $8,000, according to the an article in the Bangor Daily News.

    The low-level nuclear waste would include “items such as scrap metal and worker’s gloves… as well as medical gloves used in radiation treatments at hospitals,” according to the Bangor Daily News. Clinton, then the First Lady, did not have a vote on the matter.

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2015/sep/22/fact-checking-viral-graphic-critical-bernie-sander/

    H.R.629 – Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Consent Act105th Congress (1997-1998)

    http://www.c-span.org/congress/bills/billAction/?print/1410681

    http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=105&session=2&vote=00255

    http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1997/roll497.xml

    Federal Government

    President: Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas) – 1993 to 2001
    Vice President: Al Gore (D-Tennessee)
    Chief Justice: William Rehnquist (originally from the U.S. state of Wisconsin) [1]
    Speaker of the House of Representatives: Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia)
    Senate Majority Leader: Trent Lott (R-Mississippi)
    Congress: 104th (until January 3), 105th (starting January 3)

    Governor of Texas (1997)
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    George W. Bush

    http://www.texasgop.org/about-the-party/overview-and-history/

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