Friday, April 17, 2009

Cornegy 2009: A Message Of Community Concern Low Income Housing And Urban Community Development

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  1. Concerning low income housing in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area, community development shouldn’t make people anticipate the worse. However I think I speak for many others. I don't mind having separate developments solely for our low income neighbors.

    As politically incorrect as it sounds, I don't want to live in a building where others are in a lower economic bracket. Yes, it is a class issue. I live in a well maintained building in Bedford - Stuyvesant. Everyone respects the property and keeps the hallways and stairwells litter free.

    Unfortunately low income dwellers carry many stereotypes. It would help dispel myths if the management of the low income development in our Bedford-Stuyvesant community, would set down and enforce property rules of conduct and maintenance within the building and outside.

    Now, I am in 100% agreement with Mr. Robert E. Cornegy Jr. concerning the 80/20 development issue. The 20% of the dwellers who cannot afford market rate should be those who already live in our Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood!!!

  2. So Anonymous what I hear you saying...
    is as a resident of the Bedford-Stuyvesant community you want the established residents to benefit from the 80/20 rule and you don't mind a resident of the community paying below the market rate to live in a new development.

    You are just opposed to low income people living in your building because of the percieved sterotypes.

  3. Hi, this is Anonymous #3. I am not a blogger so I am sorry I don't have a blog name and must post as another anonymous commentor.

    I recently read this blog post concerning low income housing and urban community development in Bedford-Stuyvesant. I found the blog post interesting because I had never heard of the 80/20 rule.

    I am a middle aged single college educated African American woman working two full-time jobs to be able to afford a comfortable Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone resident apartment in the Stuyvesant Heights area.

    I agree with Anonymous #1. I think Anonymous #1 has verbalized what many hard working middle class workers not only think but feel. I, too, am opposed to low income people living in my building because I work not one but two jobs to live here and maintain the lifestyle I want.

    My building is owned by a person of colour. All the residents of my building and my neighbors are people of colour. Everyone within my building was a professional until last week.

    There was a vacancy on the ground floor apartment. I was home when the new tenant moved in last week. I saw him knock a hole in the wall moving in a dilapidated box spring matress that was not fit to sleep on and should have been left on the curb to be picked up for trash.

    My first thought was... you are not seriously going to bring that in here.

    Because of percieved low income sterotypes my second thought was... Mr. you better not bring in any roaches with you.

    As I introduced myself I could tell he was embrassed to be caught hauling his unfit box spring matress into the brownstone house. Maybe, that's why he moved in the mid-afternoon because he figured everyone would be working.

    I couln't help but notice instead of boxes or bins to move his personal things he used several large black garbage bags that seem filled with clothes. The scary thing is he moved in very little into the brownstone garden apartment.

    He moved in a tv, an air conditioner, a fan, a folding table and folding chairs that I imagine is his kitchen set. It took him less than 2 hours to move in.

    What really bothers me is seurity does not seem to be a factor for him. He closed the entry gate on the ground floor on his trip to pick up more things but left the two entry doors unlocked and opened.

    It took me years to accumulated my apartment furnshings and weeks to gather and pack up my things and move. I and other residents in this brownstone have laptops, desktops, flat screen t.v., steroes, dvd players, digital cameras, artwork, antiques, furniture and the personal belonging list goes on.

    It's scary when you live in a resident apartment building and see someone else moved in with very little personal belongings have access to the entire building. Usually, people that don't have rob the people that have.

    Our building is a peaceful quiet building. The new tenant is very loud. He slams the doors in his apartment. His t.v. is blurring and very loud. His music is loud and within five days of moving into our building he was in verbal confrontation with his girlfriend and she was threatening to call the police.