Black People Politics : GENTRIFICATION: BEING PRICED OUT OF YOUR NEIGHBORHOODS

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  1. Kemetstry

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    Bill Thompson On New York City Gentrification: 'People Are Being Priced Out'




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    NEW YORK -- Former comptroller Bill Thompson wants to be the next New York City mayor, but the apparent erosion of his black voter support base in historically African-American neighborhoods could be a hurdle on the path to that goal, he said in an interview with The Huffington Post on Wednesday.
    Thompson, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, praised the drop in crime and rise in property values in Harlem and Bedford Stuyvesant, but told HuffPost that these neighborhoods are not necessarily better off because of gentrification.
    “If you look at people being pushed out, if you look at people who are the backbone of the neighborhood, people who have been there for decades and kept Harlem strong while others weren’t here, then the answer is no,” Thompson said.
    Thompson is the only black candidate in the Democratic field, but recent polls show him receiving only 22 percent of the African-American vote and trailing overall behind Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
    De Blasio's frequent campaigning with his wife, who is black, and the use of his son, Dante, in television ads have both drawn criticism from some who believe the efforts are meant to help De Blasio make inroads among black voters.
    On Wednesday morning, Thompson strategized with community heavyweights and Democratic Party leaders at the famed Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem to hammer out a get-out-the-vote strategy in black neighborhoods that could catapult him to the front of the pack. On hand were former Gov. David Paterson, Rep. Gregory Meeks and Rep. Charlie Rangel, who met behind closed doors.
    Census data maps show significant drops in the African-American population in traditional strongholds like Harlem and Central Brooklyn from 2000 to 2010. And between 2010 and 2011, the median housing prices in central Harlem jumped by over 18 percent, The New York Times reported.
    According to data provided to HuffPost, Prime New York, a private company that analyzes the city's voting rolls, estimates that there are 893,567 African-Americans registered as Democratic voters in New York City, out of a total of 2,740,061 city Democrats.
    Only 202,927 African-American Democrats are considered "likely" voters by Prime New York, because they've voted in at least one primary since 2009.
    Former Gov. Paterson told HuffPost he thinks Thompson should treat African-Americans like a "consumer group" in order to win, capitalizing on some of the movements happening within the community. "It's a movement, and the way he can win is to catch the movement. The movement right now is stop-and-frisk. The movement right now is women, and minority-owned businesses, which he did a great job on as comptroller. He needs to advertise it. You find the issues that are movement issues -- Trayvon Martin is a movement issue," Paterson said.
    Thompson has said he’d end racial profiling in the police department’s stop-and-frisk policy, but opposes a bill that would create an inspector general to oversee the NYPD and another that would allow alleged victims of racial bias to sue cops. A federal judge ruled last week that stop-and-frisk policies violated citizens’ rights, and appointed a monitor to correct the problems, a move Thompson supports.
    Speaking on the changing landscape of the city, Thompson said that in neighborhoods like Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant, "people are being priced out of the neighborhoods ... and if we don’t build more affordable housing in those neighborhoods, people are going to continue to be priced out.”
    Thompson’s plan to stem the steady flow of African-Americans out of these neighborhoods calls for building housing that's priced below market rates, he said.
    Echoing Thompson’s feelings on gentrification, former Gov. David Paterson told HuffPost, “It’s very sad because the people who stayed here during the midst of poor housing, drugs, crime, unemployment, poor and inadequate health care facilities, and often a failed education system, now that the community is pulling itself together, they can’t afford to live here.”
    Addressing issues specific to African-Americans in New York City, like gentrification, will be important if Thompson is to inspire the kind of support he did among blacks when he ran for mayor in 2009. That year, Thompson ran up huge margins in black and Hispanic neighborhoods, winning by a 3-to-1 margin in some districts. He beat Bloomberg handily in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and he won Harlem and East Harlem easily.
    Today’s meeting could be the first step in that process, Rep. Charlie Rangel noted.
    “Everyone made a contribution as to what they were doing and how we could do it collectively better,” Rangel said. “All we know is we have to energize our base, and that's that.”




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    Hey, Kem. First, this story leaves me wondering about where the people are going? The article doesn't say.


    Second, if I lived in NYC, I think I'd have a *huge* problem with any politician who would oppose this (below):


    '...Thompson has said he’d end racial profiling in the police department’s stop-and-frisk policy, but opposes a bill that would create an inspector general to oversee the NYPD and another that would allow alleged victims of racial bias to sue cops.'


    In general, over the last decade (since I learned about the Kerner Commission's work), I've come to HATE stories about gentrification that is ongoing *everywhere*.


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    Thompson is kinda late with his address to us about regentrification!

    Black folks have asked questions about
    but opposes a bill that would create an inspector general to oversee the NYPD and another that would allow alleged victims of racial bias to sue cops.'

    also, folks dont like;
    Thompson Sees No Need to Bar a Police Tactic

    By MICHAEL BARBARO

    The aggressive era of stop-and-frisk policing in New York City is, in every sense of the word, on trial: the subject of a high-stakes federal court case, scorching denunciations from civil rights leaders and emotional calls for its dismantlement by liberal lawmakers.
    But in a stand that is surprising black leaders and worrying some allies, William C. Thompson Jr., the sole African-American candidate for mayor, is steadfastly unwilling to join the tear-it-down chorus.
    Instead, Mr. Thompson is embracing elements of the polarizing crime-fighting strategy and winning praise from an unlikely duo deeply associated with it: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/30/n...ops.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0&pagewanted=print
     
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    Regentrification is simply the result of Black folks unity deteriorating from the 80s 90s and new century

    We simply refused to unite and create community based home owner support groups for those going through troubles, or set up collective purchasing of abandoned city owned properties and lots!

    Yes one can say that the powers that be had literaaly thousands of Larry Davis in all major gangs terrorizing the Black communties in Brooklyn, Bronx Harlem and Queens during the mid 90s crack epidemic and the police refused to do a **** thing about it until Black folks moved out from fear and enough Whites move in, the violence and drug dealing stopped like a light switch,

    but that did not excuse us from collectively making purchases, or taking back the community from these kids who everyone knew!

    Recently in East Flatbush, there has been sporadic incidents of violence, foolishness taking place in strong Black homeonwer working class communities where sisters and brothers refuse to sell and refuse to run
     
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    NYC mayoral elections are a game of first impressions! If you dont make it the first time, dont bother!

    Thompson was only one district away from beating Bloomberg, that's about only a few thousand votes, which means we did not come out for him in sufficient numbers for him to win!

    This time around as a progressive, he makes the mistake of being moderate when there are four other progressives on the ballot. DebLasio has also been vocal against gentrification and stop and frisk as have all of the democratic hopefulls.

    After five years of Obama, many Black folks in NYC, no longer desire to vote for a face and a race, but for an ideology and a platform
     
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    Just whose lawyers showed up at the Detroit bankruptcy court proceedings?!?

    Some of the same would be defenders of (not our) their self interests, dared to put the mug of your discredited black mayor on their protest posters, as a obvious race baiting ploy for black support, long before Ken Orr got the nod to be the city's latest would be 'savior'...

    So just who is looking out for the less than well educated etc. black city residents?!?

    Anything and everything else is besides the point!

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    Beside what point?

    Fannie Lou Hamer was no Harvard scholar!
    [​IMG] Neither were the tens of thousands of grassroots sharecroppers and factory workers who assisted and supported her efforts!

    Unity does not take leadership, or "fine education" or money, all it takes is for people to care enough abut each other to form a Block association and get active about the politics in their local, local area!!!!

    Dont take a real estate broker or certified accountant for Black folks to pol their few dollars to collectively purchase devalued properties before White developers sieze them!
     
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    i truly hate this constant condemnation of black people………i do
     
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