5 thoughts on “CampaignViews: Powerful Forces Stop NYC Leaders from Helping Mom & Pop Stores

  1. This is nothing more than commercial rent control which will backfire on the city by making it unprofitable to own even a small commercial building. NYC raises the assessments on commercial properties every year, which in turn increases the property taxes. The looming $15/hour minimum wage will close more NYC small businesses than any rent increase.

  2. You have to question what the heck is the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone empowering when they are suppose to market and help small business. That currently is not happening. We also need to look at the Harlem Community Development organization where nobody knows how Curtis Archer is still employed at this quasi agency run by Empire State Development. Again, they are suppose to help small businesses and yet there are so many empty store fronts in Harlem. What about these so-called Chamber of Commerce? What does the Harlem Chamber of Commerce do?

  3. If native new yorker is correct, then what is the answer? Store fronts are empty. Prices in all areas are increasing. People on fixed or “tight” incomes are being crunched—seeing their dollar worth less and less, because remaining stores are paying large rent increases that must be passed along to the consumer. I count about seven or eight new luxury buildings either opening or being built between 75th street and Broadway and 81 street—similarly their are about 5 new stores specializing in healthy fruit drinks that charge at the minimum $8.50 for a small drink. How many people in the area can afford this? Something has got to give. There must be some way of working out a reasonable solution.

  4. In response to native new yorker. From my understanding these building were supposed to be built to house human beings where they can operate a business that serves their local community and house human beings that could live there, but the main concern is for the well being of capitol. Maybe a system change in the horizon, because its insane how we are actually justifying this.

  5. To native new Yorker, the SBJSA is NOT commercial rent control. I suggest reading the bill before commenting.

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