4 thoughts on “NYC Housing Community Responds to ‘Poverty Housing Industry’ Op-Ed

  1. Middle-Class communities in NYC are smart enough to not want any part of low-income housing in their neighborhoods. All low-income housing becomes crime-ridden and poorly maintained. This has been going on since the 1960s and deBlasio can’t change it. Mixed-income ends up as all low income over time as the middle-class residents get pushed out by the crime and disorder created by the low income residents.

    But the people in ENY should have a say about what is built in their neighborhood. They city has no right to force upzonings on them or anyone else.

    • Dear Native: you don’t know what you are talking about — because you can’t see what is affordable housing and what isn’t — it’s not obvious because it’s working well. There is affordable housing funded with the housing credit all over the city in what are now hot neighborhoods (Manhattan Valley, Bed-Stuy, Park Slope, Harlem, Fort Greene. Williamsburg, Greenpoint, the lower east side, etc.) and it is well maintained and safe and working families, the elderly, veterans, the disabled live there comfortably and happily next to hipsters, middle class, and rich people who aren’t going anywhere!

      • This has been tried before and it ends up disastrously. The mixed-income housing projects on the north shore of Staten Island and out in Brooklyn along Linden Blvd. all ended up being taken over by the undesirable low-income tenants. This is the reality of NYC. Do you really think that a working middle class and up person is going to pay market rents to live next door to a welfare family?

        deBlasio may be inept but so far he’s been smart enough (so far) not to propose building any of these disasters where they are not wanted, near middle-class neighborhoods of 1 and 2 family homeowners. He’s learning.

        • I really don’t want to agree with you. I really really don’t. For years I was crying out at the inequality of low income neighborhoods and how they perpetuate poverty and keep the poor well poor.

          I grew up in a poor neighborhood that had a lot of drug crime and I remember New York when it was a dangerous place. I am the son of a NYC cab driver and spent the first 12 years or so in bad neighbor hoods. I saw my first shoot out at 6 years old. Point I am trying to make is I am not privileged and do not come from a segregated neighborhood.

          Fast forward, I live in mixed income housing in Brooklyn and it is stressful. In the few months this building has been active there have been a few incidents that are just not acceptable anywhere.

          I saw a lady beating her child so violently, tossing him (4 – 5 years) on the concrete pavement and then grabbing him by the leg on the ground and tossing him again.

          Smoking weed in common areas with no respect for anyone around them. I smoke pot and am for legalization. But this is a non smoking building. Not everyone wants to inhale/smell it and you have to respect that.

          Their is an blatant disrespect for property, everything from leaving common areas in disarray to theft of property.

          Personally, I can’t wait until my lease is up to move out.

          The sad part is that their are really good people in that bunch as well and the bad ones ruin it for everyone. They either need to be a lot more strict about the interview and screening process or I am afraid to say that these housing complexes will turn into low income houses.

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