Skip to comments.At Essence panel, mayors discuss ways to combat gentrification
Posted on 07/06/2014 7:59:03 AM PDT by TigerClaws
American mayors have tools available to them to combat neighborhood gentrification that forces poorer people out of their communities, the leaders of four cities said at an Essence Festival panel discussion Saturday.
The way to avoid displacement is to focus your will and stop letting mayors off the hook with this gobbledygook acting like they dont know whats going on, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said during the Our Cities Our Solutions panel discussion at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
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This’ll piss off the gays.
These guys are total idiots.
Yes because we all want our inner cities to look just like Detroit! Let’s segregate. /monumental idiocy
Let’s keep the ghetto as a ghetto by telling Whitey McCracker-Honkey to stay out!
Yep. This reminds me of professional racist Spike Lee last year blasting whites moving into his old Brooklyn neighborhood, yet where does he live now? On Park avenue which is about as white as you can get.
So we need to combat “gentrification”? Mayors should fight against this happening?
As I understand it, gentrification happens when private investors take the investment risk, of going into rundown areas, and revitalizing those areas. Slum areas have been revitalized through the process of gentrification. Small businesses find new business opportunities. Crime goes down, and homeowners move into these areas. All sorts of good things happen from gentrification. At risk of being politically incorrect, a better class of people move in. Arguably, these are new tax paying residents, who are now paying taxes in these cities.
Yes, some people are displaced through gentrification. But what is our alternative? Do big city mayors really want to make it so arduous for investors and developers, that these slums simply stay slums? And why would we want to do that? To make Spike Lee happy that we’re honoring the history of the ghetto and all that??? Really????
I think Spike Lee should set up a museum dedicated to the ghetto in a place such as Bedford-Stuyvesant. Set up a museum which will tell the history of the neighborhood.
If he wants to preserve that ghetto spirit so much, preserve it in a museum, so he can teach everyone how wonderful Bedford-Stuyvesant was, before private investors saw potential there, and decided to take the investment risk to try to transform such an area.
There was a story here recently, about Portland. Black activists in Portland protested against a proposed Trader Joe’s store being located in a re-developing area. They were making statements about what types of people go to Trader Joe’s and what changes they feared, if a place such as Trader Joe’s opened in their community.
It was really amazing to hear such reactions. If the races were reversed, it would have been considered blatantly racist to hear what they said about certain types of people and retailers moving into their area. But since it was blacks wanting to preserve a ghetto, it’s all okay.
In Houston the real estate developers pwn the city.
Allegedly even former mayor Lee P-period Brown said that all homes under $250,000 need to be razed since they “cost the city money” (don’t provide enough real estate taxes).
Their “ruining the property values” on Bizarro World apparently.
I suspect it isn’t the money, it’s the skin color they resent.
How dare do they want to replace slums with safe neighborhoods.
If you like your ghetto, you can keep your ghetto. Period.
It’s crazy too, because these activists have decried “white flight” over the past decades, and “disinvestment” in cities, which have caused so many places to do downhill.
They opposed the actions which caused the inner cities to get to their current state, yet are also opposed to actions which would revitalize such areas.
You can’t have it both ways.
But, if these mayors fight too much against the private capital which they can benefit from, the investors will simply go elsewhere, and leave inner city Baltimore, New Orleans, Atlanta, et. al. in the same horrid conditions they are now.
And if that happens, I’m sure they will blame the investors for avoiding their cities, avoiding based on policies they themselves want to put in place to make it more difficult for these investors to do what they do.
Ironic that this is being discussed in New Orleans. I promise you the Essence crowd isn`t enjoying the ambience of the Lower Ninth Ward or any of the un_gentrified ghettoes of the city. Not if they value their lives and certainly not at night. And those trying to gentrify the Marigny and Bywater are being welcomed by crime-assault,robbery and theft on a daily basis. Slow learners.
SAVE THE URBAN KRAAL SPACE!
SAVE THE CRITICAL HABITAT FOR URBAN FERALS!
Only racist mayors can prevent gentrification of Big Sh*ty slums!
“And those trying to gentrify the Marigny and Bywater are being welcomed by crime-assault,robbery and theft on a daily basis. Slow learners.”
Actually, the correct term is “multi-trial” learners.
Once a “’Chocolate’ city, always a ‘Chocolate’ city”.
Which is probably the reason a ‘Chocolate’ city is a Sh*ty city, - Detoilet, Michigan being the obvious example.
If the white kids move into the black 'hoods, they won't have to be punitively bussed, so how can blacks punish whitey, then?
Corporate welfare: the poorer the city, the more the money flowing into city hall from FedGov and the State, into the hands of the abministrators to provide raises and work to connected ones, and themselves. In return, the municipalities support the State and Fed administrations that approve of the scheme, and send the dough.
TRANSLATION: “We must preserve the ghetto.”
Indeed, just imagine the media stoning if a group of white mayors got together to discuss ways of keeping white cities, majority white.
If your neighborhood looks like s*it, then don’t be mad when people with money come in and fix it up if they have a better vision.
Part of that process is the natural “eviction” of the people that couldn’t care less.
What they have is theirs, what we have is theirs, in their tiny minds.
In Houston the real estate developers own the city.”
You’re right about that. People in the Village who own the older single family homes are fighting the high rises and losing because the Mayor and City Council want the tax revenue. Their cause certainly isn’t being helped by some of the owners who only see the promise of big bucks if they agree to see their homes which are then torn down and replaced with massive, ugly concrete and steel multi-person structures.
In the end it will be a no-win situation for everyone and those that made these dastardly decisions will be nowhere to be found.
We can’t have people off food stamps. Shopping at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. No siree. We can’t have any of that. Got to keep them people in their rightful places.
America = capitalism.
Capitalism along with supply and demand = gentrification.
Gentrification = keepin’ da man down.
Keepin’ da man down = discrimination and segregation.
Segregation and discrimination = reparations to the current generation for what might or might not have happened to one of their ancestors so far back their parents and grandparents didn’t know them.
Reparations = Trayvon mentality of gettin’ back at crazy assed crackas.
Crazy assed crackas = a sub section buy and clean up scummy run down ‘hoods who sell it to another sub section of crackas who move in, make their payments on time and don’t do drive by shootings on the neighbors’ kids.
Buying up scummy ‘hoods = capitalist America at it’s finest.
Spike Lee like Obama is nothing more than a zuzuvella, a useless piece of trash that does nothing more than make a lot of annoying noise.
Notwithstanding the obfuscation of grandstanding politicians and race-baiters, poor people still do need to live somewhere.
These activists want the money and other benefits of having middle class remain in the area to pay, but then not to have any say or influence in how the area appears/operates, i.e. they want your money and then for you to butt out.