Why is the City Giving away money in the way to right to build to developers by changing zoning laws so they can build residential in commercial zones? Let me just say that this administration who promised so much in a way of change in the way we deal with the NewYorkers which can no longer afford to live here has taken the play book of the previous administration of mayor Bloomberg.
The key word here is “affordable” which is use to confuse and bait and switch the city council and voters. Why? Simple. When they say “affordable’ one has to ask for whom? Because it doesn’t mean what we think it means anymore in this city. They will answer with a jargon of percentages which you would have to get a calculator and the city code books. Like people sitting at this particular meeting who would not take that for an answer and they interrupted and yelled out “ What’s affordable when I can’t afford affordable?
I wrote ‘bait and switch' because the affordable is for people that don’t need it, so the they can build and they (developers) make a bundle and the city(this admin) will make money without spending money because the affordable already can afford and they will be given more incentive to stay here by making their rents even lower. Wait here…Am I saying that this is a game to placate some people and there is no plan to make new units affordable for the working poor and the lower middle class? Nope! Aren’t those the ones that voted for this mayor, yes! and this is not even a matter of leaving your city because if you have a job here you are going to spend the money to move where? You are stuck. Some people that were paying $600 a few years a go now have to pay $1200-1700 a month in the span of a few years. To some it even caught them off guard. Their rent was going up 7, 9%
a year and all of a sudden they are paying double and more in 4-5 yrs.
You go ahead and read what De Blasio’s administration is saying and you will also understand that this mayor is doing what Bloomberg was doing. Giving away zoning and tax incentives so people can better afford what they can afford. The others, which is why there is a crisis will have to loose everything or never be able to have a savings account with money that stays there and doesn’t go to pay the rent. There are also other people no one talks about and that is those that give up and loose their apartments and now they will be called homeless because unless someone has mental problems as a homeless person, the homeless is a constituency that is being made and is growing by the lack of affordability in housing in this city. This is like when a person has an infection on the small toe. Nothing is done and gangrenes develops, before you know it, you have to cut the whole leg or you have a dead person. Why get to that point?