Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Atlantic Yards = more tower people
At 11:30, guest Nicole Gelinas says the following:
I think if the mayor really wanted development, he would concentrate on public transportation. All the mayor and the governor really want are warehouse apartments for people to live, pay very high personal income taxes for awhile, in their young 20, 30 years - and then move out of the city before they require public services, use the school system, and so forth. These are just going to be one bedroom "luxury" capped warehouses, and to knock down historic prewar buildings to build cheap construction warehouses for single people with roommates who'll be living here for a few years is just ridiculous. This is not free market. Free markets do not create this.
As transcribed by Atlantic Yards Report:
"When you look at the affordable housing component of this, we have hundreds of thousands of privately-owned affordable housing, out in Coney Island, out in the farther reaches of Brooklyn and the Bronx, but we have no reliable, fast transportation to get there," she said. "If the mayor and governor want affordable housing, build the infrastructure and the affordable housing will build itself. For people who say, oh no, the city has to build affordable housing directly. Well, we've been trying that, for a century, and we still don't have enough of it. Why don't we try it my way, just once, and see that it works."