In S. Bronx, Team Bloomberg Evicts Without
Due Process, No Place for the Poor
Byline: Inner City Press in the
South Bronx: News Analysis
November 11 -- Mayor Michael
Bloomberg, fresh from buying the chance to buy a third term despite the
passage of term limits, now apparently feels free to deploy lawless
evict lower income New Yorker, all in the name of redevelopment.
10, Bloomberg's housing and buildings Departments converged on a
building in Mott Haven in the South Bronx,
intent on removing the residents. They never took them
Rather, they wrote pretextual vacate orders and called Con Edison to
turn off the lights. They stood cackling in the half-light, ridiculing
they were evicting, many of them hard-working immigrants of the type
pretends to respect.
housing projects across the street, people marveled at the
heartlessness of it
all. "Wow, they're throwing all those families out, with their kids and
grandmothers," said one young woman with dangling earrings.
it's Bloomberg's New York," said another. "He thinks only the rich
should live here."
de los ricos," diagnosed a third, a member of La Prensa del
Community on the Move Homesteaders, noting that even when Rudy Giuliani
mayor, this type of eviction did not take place.
Michael Bloomberg speaking high and mightly,
lawless evictions not shown
previous mayors, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development
sometimes accused of being controlled by political hacks. These,
not generally the ones who moved to evict without due process.
Bloomberg, so sure that they are the best and the brightest, appear to
respect for people, much less for the law. HPD Commissioner Shawn
quoted last month about the importance of affordable housing, chats
professional advocates at conferences, for example in the basement of
Foundation on 42nd Street about the subprime lending crisis, while his
Department throws poor people into the street. Some New Housing
exactly did Bloomberg and his Team do to stem predatory lending? They
the institutions who bought and pooled the loans -- after Bloomberg
his double-screened terminals, of course, to track their usurious
and now stand ready to offer them tax breaks and incentives.
be pedestrian streets in Bloomberg's city, but they will not be for the
Calories will be disclosed for food and beverage items, but not the
income people place, if anywhere, is in the TV ads touting Bloomberg's
recent pet project, whether congestion pricing or a West Side stadium.
can stay as extras, but not even in the South Bronx. How long can this
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