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At Essence panel, mayors discuss ways to combat gentrification
Baton Rouge Advocate ^

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 don’t know what’s 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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1 posted on 07/06/2014 7:59:03 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws

This’ll piss off the gays.


2 posted on 07/06/2014 8:02:56 AM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: TigerClaws
How come "diversity" is good only when it goes in one particular direction?

3 posted on 07/06/2014 8:03:38 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: TigerClaws

These guys are total idiots.

Yes because we all want our inner cities to look just like Detroit! Let’s segregate. /monumental idiocy


4 posted on 07/06/2014 8:04:59 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: TigerClaws

Let’s keep the ghetto as a ghetto by telling Whitey McCracker-Honkey to stay out!


5 posted on 07/06/2014 8:05:33 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: BitWielder1

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.


6 posted on 07/06/2014 8:06:54 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: TigerClaws

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????


7 posted on 07/06/2014 8:07:33 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

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.


8 posted on 07/06/2014 8:10:24 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: TigerClaws

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.


9 posted on 07/06/2014 8:13:56 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: TigerClaws

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).


10 posted on 07/06/2014 8:15:50 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: TigerClaws

Their “ruining the property values” on Bizarro World apparently.

I suspect it isn’t the money, it’s the skin color they resent.


11 posted on 07/06/2014 8:17:09 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: TigerClaws

How dare do they want to replace slums with safe neighborhoods.


12 posted on 07/06/2014 8:17:34 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: Dilbert San Diego

If you like your ghetto, you can keep your ghetto. Period.


13 posted on 07/06/2014 8:18:40 AM PDT by Bob
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To: aquila48

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.


14 posted on 07/06/2014 8:23:36 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: Bob

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.


15 posted on 07/06/2014 8:33:20 AM PDT by ClearBlueSky (When anyone says its not about Islam...it's about Islam. That death cult must be eradicated.)
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To: TigerClaws

SAVE THE URBAN KRAAL SPACE!

SAVE THE CRITICAL HABITAT FOR URBAN FERALS!

Only racist mayors can prevent gentrification of Big Sh*ty slums!


16 posted on 07/06/2014 8:39:35 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est. Because of what Islam is - and for what Muslims do.)
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To: ClearBlueSky

“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.


17 posted on 07/06/2014 8:46:35 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est. Because of what Islam is - and for what Muslims do.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
EBR Parish School District is under a forced bussing ruling. (Only White) Children from all over the parish, (one district), are being bussed to achieve racial balance. Black children are given a choice of attending their neighborhood school or being bussed to the surburban schools.

If the white kids move into the black 'hoods, they won't have to be punitively bussed, so how can blacks punish whitey, then?

18 posted on 07/06/2014 8:53:25 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: TigerClaws

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.


19 posted on 07/06/2014 9:04:57 AM PDT by dasboot
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To: TigerClaws

TRANSLATION: “We must preserve the ghetto.”


20 posted on 07/06/2014 9:09:55 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: BitWielder1

Indeed, just imagine the media stoning if a group of white mayors got together to discuss ways of keeping white cities, majority white.


21 posted on 07/06/2014 9:24:52 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: TigerClaws

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.


22 posted on 07/06/2014 9:24:57 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

What they have is theirs, what we have is theirs, in their tiny minds.


23 posted on 07/06/2014 9:25:30 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: a fool in paradise

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.


24 posted on 07/06/2014 9:33:48 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: TigerClaws

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.


25 posted on 07/06/2014 9:59:20 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: TigerClaws

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.


26 posted on 07/06/2014 11:33:00 AM PDT by bgill
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

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.


27 posted on 07/06/2014 12:03:22 PM PDT by rhubarbk (It's official, I'm suffering from Obama fatigue!)
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To: TigerClaws

Notwithstanding the obfuscation of grandstanding politicians and race-baiters, poor people still do need to live somewhere.


28 posted on 07/06/2014 2:06:20 PM PDT by faszakutya
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To: Dilbert San Diego

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.


29 posted on 07/06/2014 2:06:20 PM PDT by Ronniesque
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