Thursday, December 17, 2015

Suck Power Out of Neighborhoods . . . Where is This Generations Jane Jacobs 8765

Real Fight for NY: Jane Jacobs Decentralization vs de Blasio Centralized Control
It wasn't enough for decision-makers to have knowledge of programs and services. "They must understand, and understand thoroughly, specific places," Jacobs wrote, and that could only be learned from the people who lived there. 
As a solution, Jacobs recommended "administrative districts," to be run by a "district administrator" which would represent the primary, basic subdivision within city agencies. Her recommendations were taken up in the 1963 New York City Charter, adopted during Wagner's third term as Mayor. The Charter extended the neighborhood-governance concept to the other boroughs, establishing "Community Planning Boards" with advisory powers throughout the city. These boards eventually became known simply as "Community boards." Transactional de Blasio who cannot get his rezoning plan passed the city's Community Planning Boards is simply now going to ignore them and pass his plan with his puppet city council.

Meet The New Power Broker Glenwoods' Litwin Same As the Old Power Broker Moses
The fact that the mayor's plan is a give-a-way for developers which will increase gentrification displacement is of no concern to the council, who will be threaten with primaries by interlocking-directories of developers and lobbyists (Uber lobbyists won after they threaten members with primaries) if they don't vote for the plan.  The council is decentralized but unlike the planning boards was elected with centralized interlocking-directories of lobbyists and campaign contributors that was exposed at the Silver corruption trial.  * Robert Moses vs. Jane Jacobs - WNYC *   Jane Jacobs vs Robert Moses: Urban Fight of the Century - YouTube

No Shock the NYT Support de Blasio Protecting Developers While Dismissing Minorities Fighting for Their Communities 
As the NYT's Editorial Claims the Mayor Has Made A Persuasive Case But Does Not State What the Persuasive Case is or Talk About the 421-a Program Which is the Driver of the Gentrification That Those Fighting Rezoning Fear.  If the NYT's Editorial Cannot Analyse the Effects of the 421-a Program When the State's Two Top Leaders are On Trial for Accepting Millions From the Developers Pushing That Program They Never Will Until the Paper Changes Ownership or Goes Out of Business
Affordable Housing vs. Gentrification (NYT Ed)  New Yorkers are finally getting their chance to say what they think of Mayor de Blasio’s plan. * New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has made a persuasive case for using zoning changes that allow more dense development to create affordable housing, but his challenge remains getting New Yorkers to believe in his vision.

In Every Case Gentrification in the Long Run Has Created Segregation Not Diverse Neighborhoods
NY Times: de Blasio has a plan that he says will preserve economically diverse neighborhoods in New York City, significantly and permanently increase the affordable-housing supply and create a more attractive streetscape. In community meetings across the city, New Yorkers are finally having their chance to say whether they agree with him. The winds of “no” are blowing strong.

True News: The NYT should investigate the first time de Blasio  he would will preserve economically diverse neighborhood of Prospect Heights, now renamed by the Chinese co-owners with the Times pink elephant new building developer Bruce Ratner. The NYT listened to pension rip off guy Steve Ratner to build their news HQ with the magic mortgage deals. de Blasio made the same claim of preserving economic diverse in Prospect Heights 15 years ago when he fought to win billions of tax dollars to Bruce Ratner which gentrified that neighborhood Prospect Heights, mading it a high rent district.  Lhota: De Blasio bought by Atlantic Yards developer - …(NYDN) * Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Report: Campaign … * De Blasio’s Atlantic Yards Support Helped Old Ally - WNYC * Gentrification forces longtime residents out of Crown Heights,a year of living in NYC Airbnbs & more Brooklynnews: (Brownstone News)

Will the Media Got Behind Minority Leaders Fighting For Their Neighborhoods Like They Did Behind Jane Jacobs Fighting for Mostly White Neighborhoods A Generation Ago?
NY Times: Residents in the neighborhoods due for rezoning are wary, to say the least. A meeting of Community Board 11 in East Harlem this month was typical of gatherings across the boroughs. It began with a consultant’s slide show that seemed designed to stupefy anyone not steeped in the worlds of real estate and zoning. Except the room was full of renters, many of whom knew exactly what the man was talking about, or thought they did. To many in East Harlem and other parts of the city where the working class and poor scrape by, construction means disruption, which inevitably means gentrification and dislocation. The rent always goes up, but they fear that the zoning changes will only make it rise faster and higher, inevitably making them exiles from their own city. “All you win is the privilege of applying for an apartment,”

True News: The NYT gives short shift to the mostly minority green shoots how stand in opposition to de Blasio rezoning plan, in order to save their neighborhoods and homes.  A generation ago the media covered and created a movement behind urban activist Jane Jacobs when she made the same argument about saving neighborhoods and homes against master building Robert Moses.  Jacobs' influential book The Death and Life of Great American Cities argued that urban renewal did not respect the needs of most city-dwellers. The book also introduced sociology concepts such as "eyes on the street" and "social capital" * Jane Jacobs, 89;Writer, Activist Spoke Out Against Urban Renewal (Wash Post)  She spoke of the displacement of thousands of residents and the destruction of small, if untidy, communities whose diversity she said was crucial to a city's allure. She maintained that urban renewal worsened the problems it was intended to solve: high crime, architectural conformity and a general dullness infecting daily life. She attacked the arrogance of city planners for making decisions without consulting those affected. "The planner's greatest shortcoming, I think, is lack of intellectual curiosity about how cities work," she told the New York Times in 1969. "They are taught to see the intricacy of cities as mere disorder. Since most of them believe what they have been taught, they do not inquire about the processes that lie behind the intricacy. I doubt that knowledgeable city planning will come out of the present profession. It is more likely to arise as an offshoot of economics." * Answers About the Legacy of Robert Moses - The New York Times *  Caro Speaks to the Spirit of Jane Jacobs - The New York Times * The white-aproned fruit man is gone, but Jane Jacobs's block still offers the rich mix that was her urban ideal (NYT)

The NYT and Their Developer Partners Need the Mayor and His Puppet Council to Override Community Opposition to Rezoning
NY Times:  Community boards are supposed to vote on the zoning proposals by the end of November. Their votes are advisory; the issue will also go before the borough presidents, the borough boards, the City Planning Commission and, finally, the City Council. Community Board 11 voted the plans down on Monday. About two dozen other community boards have done the same. 

True News: The Times is now on record for ignoring community control and concerns of minority leaders to save their communities 

It Not About resistance to neighborhood change, they just don't want to be driving out of their apartments or homes

NY Times: The administration says it understands people’s resistance to change in neighborhoods they love. But it insists that its plan offers the last best chance to turn back the tide of luxury apartments and sky-high rents.

True News: It is not about resistance to neighborhood change, they just don't want to be driving out of their apartments or homes.  The NYT editorial board even read their own newspaper?  Gentrification in a Brooklyn Neighborhood Forces Residents to Move On (NYT)

NY Times: The mayor makes a persuasive case for his multipronged strategy of building a more affordable New York through greater height and density. His challenge is getting unnerved New Yorkers, for whom the rent is already too high, to believe it.

True News:  NYT tellers New Yorkers to believe their mayor and not their lying eyes

The Day After this Misleading Editorial the Times Writes the Truth About the Effects of Gentrification
Gentrification in a Brooklyn Neighborhood Forces Residents to Move On (NYT)  Amid rapid gentrification, African-Americans and West Indians living in Crown Heights for generations are going east, or sometimes even out of the country.#CrownHts #ProspectLeffertsGarden & #Flatbush lost 10-14% of black population bw 2000-2010: 

True News Has Connected the Silver and Skelos Trial's Testimony About 421-a Pay to Play, to the Increase In Gentrification When Will the Media End the Cover-Up How NYC's Neighborhoods Are Being Destroyed? 

The NYT Ends the Cover-Up of the Real Tale of Two Cities 
A Tale Of Two CitiesEmerges In The NY Times (Gothamist) There are few hot-button issues affecting New Yorkers young and old like gentrification and theaffordable housing crisis, which have become inextricably linked at this point. If you care about those issues, then you probably have strong opinions about Airbnb, the controversial sharing economy app that has sparked polarizing debates around the five boroughs.

Whether you think Airbnb is jeopardizing the safety of longterm tenants and breaking state laws or a perfectly reasonable way for NYers to supplement their incomes and encourage tourism, there's no question that it's already changing the makeup of entire neighborhoods. And while not perfectly symmetrical, the divide within the city on these issues is illustrated pretty well in a series of articles in the NY Times this holiday weekend. The NY Times Presents: Brunch Hate Reads brings you the stories of adventure-seeking well-to-do people who decided to spend a year apartment-hoping around the city using Airbnb—as well as the longtime Crown Heights residents who are now being priced out of the country, let alone the city.

Mayor Lindsay Wanted to Make Community Boards into Town Halls de Blasio Wants Them to Drop Dead
The Mayor Wants to Suck the Little Power Out of the Communities That the Real Estate and Union PACs and Their Puppet Elected Officials Have Them With
Community Boards' Opinion on Rezoning Not as Important asMine: De Blasio (DNAINFO) Blaz to Community Boards: Drop Dead *  Mayor Bill de Blasio downplayed the role of the city's community boards, which have overwhelmingly rejected his citywide rezoning proposals, saying Monday their opinions are merely advisory as he pushes forward with the controversial plan. The boards, which are appointed by the mayor, City Council and borough presidents, have criticized the rezoning plans as not providing enough housing that is affordable to the actual income levels of people in the neighborhoods and for fear that it would spark more gentrification and overcrowding. Other boards fear the plans are too broad and would hurt the character of individual neighborhoods. "They don't have a perfect vantage point on their communities. No one has a perfect vantage point on the whole of a community, but they bring a lot of valuable insight," de Blasio said. "Community Boards are appointed to give input. They give input," the mayor continued. "The folks that are elected by all the people, the council members and the mayor, have to make the final decision."

Mayor Lindsay Wanted to Make Community Planning Boards Into Mini Town Halls To Encourage Community Participation 
In the early 1970's, Mayor John Lindsay created additional entities in some districts whose responsibility it was to oversee the provision of City services. Each "Little City Hall" as they were called, was headed by a District Manager, a person appointed by the mayor. Each District Manager chaired a Service Cabinet made up of officers of various City agencies. Lindsay’s emphasis was on community participation and decentralization, through tools such as “Little City Halls” in the form of neighborhood community planning boards.

NY1 Interlocking-Directory Lobbyists Comment on the Silver Trial
NY1 interviewed lobbyists Al D’Amato despite the fact that he represented the developers that Silver is accused of Bribing and who Skelos is accused getting his son a job from. In addition D'Amato lobbyists for * Roberto Ramirez is a part owner of the Mirram Group who works for Heastie and Senator Klein who Adam Skelos was told by his father not to worry that guy has no power Mirram works for  Mirram lobbyist for 
  NY1 Online: Wise Guys Weigh In on Silver Corruption Trial

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