The situation at 78 St. Marks offers a microlesson in what hasn’t worked. In 2003, the Bloomberg administration and the City Council crafted new zoning for Fourth Avenue. Landlords could tear down and build up. Everyone, including then-Councilman Bill de Blasio, voted for it.

A forest of homely upper-middle-income condo towers rose. The city set aside $6 million to encourage building affordable housing. It accomplished little.

A few years later, along came the developer Bruce Ratner, a politically savvy fellow who has a dairy-farmer-like appreciation for the teat of public subsidy. He wanted permission to knock down apartment buildings and build residential skyscrapers, and an arena.

Give me enough subsidies, he said, and I’ll make 50 percent of the apartments sort of affordable. He promised to finish by 2016.

Now his completion deadline is decades away. All that’s gone up is the Barclays Center, which disgorges a beautiful income stream.

loving how discordant this NY Times “Region” section piece is with NY Times “Real Estate” section pieces that adore Financier’s Glass Tower Paradise that Bloomberg helped usher in…

Of course, the one glaring flaw here is saying that the zoning reform “hasn’t worked”, nah this is working exactly 100% as intended, Bloomberg would say so himself.

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Using the same, tired argument that poor people of color commit crimes, so poor people of color should be treated like criminals, Bloomberg explained his reasoning on his weekly radio address:

"The people that live there, most of them, want more police protection … if you have strangers walking in the halls of your apartment building, don’t you want somebody to stop and say, ‘Who are you? Why are you here?’ Because the locks on these doors [break] with so many people coming and going… What we really should have is fingerprinting to get in."

Bloomberg is the biggest piece of shit in the world. I’d rather have Spitzer. Seriously. What a racist fucking cocksucker. 

Bloomberg Would Like To Fingerprint All Public Housing Residents

(via littleorphanammo)

Yea, Bloomberg is a horrid and obvious racist (and he’s got an army of thugs too). No you don’t really prefer Spitzer. Both are worse.

One area the administration has been willing to spend money is in building affordable housing in the city. The New Housing Marketplace Plan, a multi-billion dollar investment, is expected to produce up to 140,000 housing units (the initial goal was 165,000). Small snag: many will only be affordable for upper-income people. A new report prepared by the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development found that two thirds of the new spaces cost too much for most neighborhood residents. In half of the districts surveyed, the majority of units are too expensive for residents that make the neighborhood’s median income (the administration disputes their conclusions). “The typical Bronx household would have to make 1.5 times its income in order to be able to afford the majority of the affordable housing built in the Bronx,” they write. As Eric Jaffe points out in Atlantic Cities, “In general terms, the affordable housing plan did create low-income housing, but it was upper-low-income housing.”

6 Ways the 7th Richest Man in America Has Screwed the Poor

Bloomberg. Is. The Worst.

sidnote: Tumblr, your new editing platform is friggen terrible, especially for editing HTML. Good job.

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fuckyeahanarchistbanners:

This is NOT an anarchist banner. This is a fascist banner, being hung by organizers from the Golden Dawn neo-fascist party. They are violent, antisocial racists.(1) It is being hung at the Stathakion Cultural Center.
In Greece, while Golden Dawn does better and better in the polls, their offices are being repeatedly smashed(2). Now they’re looking to expand into the US(3). Time has shown that bastards like these can be pushed back against successfully using a three-pronged approach. First, their ideological agenda must be countered ideologically. Wherever they speak, an opposition voice must speak also, speaking firmly and honestly. Second, their physical agenda must be met physically. You are left to your own devices to infer what this means. Third, their affiliations and ties to support must be severed, so they are left to recover from said aggressions on their own, and without the aid of others.
This post is being made because we know of Stathakion Cultural Center in Astoria, NY as one of their first US alliances. We don’t know whether the leadership of the Cultural Center supports them ideologically, is ignorant, or most likely, a mixture of both. We do know that Golden Dawn held a food and clothing drive to ‘be distributed to Hellenes, and only to Hellenes’ at Stathakion. You can read about it here: http://xanyc.org/?p=1
This post is being made for two reasons: first, to inform you comrades in the NE that you have some nasty neighbors moving in, and you should be aware of that and take whatever measures are necessary to stay safe with these violent xenophobes on the loose. The second relates to the third prong of the plan to dismantled fascist organizations. Call Stathakion Cultural Center and tell them what violent ultra-right fanatics they’ve been hosting. Tell them how important it is to you that they don’t host them again. Ask them what they’re doing to prevent this group from unleashing the same kind of violent terror they’ve been responsible for in Athens. Their number is (718) 204-6500. Please call them and then reblog this.
(1) http://www.theblaze.com/stories/shocking-video-greek-neo-nazis-attack-immigrant-vendors-outside-athens-onlookers-simply-watch/ (2) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/13/greece-golden-dawn-firebombed_n_1773505.html (3) http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/333341
Note: This post is informational only and in no way advocates violence or property destruction against fascist organizers. Such acts would be illegal and thus, inherently wrong, regardless of how little harm it caused and how much good it caused. One must never be tempted to stand up against racist terror using anything other than kind words.

fuckyeahanarchistbanners:

This is NOT an anarchist banner. This is a fascist banner, being hung by organizers from the Golden Dawn neo-fascist party. They are violent, antisocial racists.(1) It is being hung at the Stathakion Cultural Center.

In Greece, while Golden Dawn does better and better in the polls, their offices are being repeatedly smashed(2). Now they’re looking to expand into the US(3). Time has shown that bastards like these can be pushed back against successfully using a three-pronged approach. First, their ideological agenda must be countered ideologically. Wherever they speak, an opposition voice must speak also, speaking firmly and honestly. Second, their physical agenda must be met physically. You are left to your own devices to infer what this means. Third, their affiliations and ties to support must be severed, so they are left to recover from said aggressions on their own, and without the aid of others.

This post is being made because we know of Stathakion Cultural Center in Astoria, NY as one of their first US alliances. We don’t know whether the leadership of the Cultural Center supports them ideologically, is ignorant, or most likely, a mixture of both. We do know that Golden Dawn held a food and clothing drive to ‘be distributed to Hellenes, and only to Hellenes’ at Stathakion. You can read about it here: http://xanyc.org/?p=1

This post is being made for two reasons: first, to inform you comrades in the NE that you have some nasty neighbors moving in, and you should be aware of that and take whatever measures are necessary to stay safe with these violent xenophobes on the loose. The second relates to the third prong of the plan to dismantled fascist organizations. Call Stathakion Cultural Center and tell them what violent ultra-right fanatics they’ve been hosting. Tell them how important it is to you that they don’t host them again. Ask them what they’re doing to prevent this group from unleashing the same kind of violent terror they’ve been responsible for in Athens. Their number is (718) 204-6500. Please call them and then reblog this.

(1) http://www.theblaze.com/stories/shocking-video-greek-neo-nazis-attack-immigrant-vendors-outside-athens-onlookers-simply-watch/
(2) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/13/greece-golden-dawn-firebombed_n_1773505.html
(3) http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/333341

Note: This post is informational only and in no way advocates violence or property destruction against fascist organizers. Such acts would be illegal and thus, inherently wrong, regardless of how little harm it caused and how much good it caused. One must never be tempted to stand up against racist terror using anything other than kind words.