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In S. Bronx, Team Bloomberg Evicts Without Due Process, No Place for the Poor

Byline: Inner City Press in the South Bronx: News Analysis

SOUTH BRONX, November 11 -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg, fresh from buying the chance to buy a third term despite the public passage of term limits, now apparently feels free to deploy lawless gangs to evict lower income New Yorker, all in the name of redevelopment.

  On November 10, Bloomberg's housing and buildings Departments converged on a four-story building in Mott Haven in the South Bronx, intent on removing the residents. They never took them to court. Rather, they wrote pretextual vacate orders and called Con Edison to turn off the lights. They stood cackling in the half-light, ridiculing those they were evicting, many of them hard-working immigrants of the type Bloomberg pretends to respect.

  From the 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.

  "Yeah, it's Bloomberg's New York," said another. "He thinks only the rich should live here."

   "Dictadura de los ricos," diagnosed a third, a member of La Prensa del Pueblo / Community on the Move Homesteaders, noting that even when Rudy Giuliani was mayor, this type of eviction did not take place.

Michael Bloomberg speaking high and mightly, lawless evictions not shown

  Under previous mayors, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development was sometimes accused of being controlled by political hacks. These, however, were not generally the ones who moved to evict without due process.

  Team Bloomberg, so sure that they are the best and the brightest, appear to have no respect for people, much less for the law. HPD Commissioner Shawn Donovan, quoted last month about the importance of affordable housing, chats with professional advocates at conferences, for example in the basement of the Ford Foundation on 42nd Street about the subprime lending crisis, while his Department throws poor people into the street. Some New Housing Marketplace.

  And what exactly did Bloomberg and his Team do to stem predatory lending? They coddled the institutions who bought and pooled the loans -- after Bloomberg sold this his double-screened terminals, of course, to track their usurious profits -- and now stand ready to offer them tax breaks and incentives.

  There will be pedestrian streets in Bloomberg's city, but they will not be for the poor. Calories will be disclosed for food and beverage items, but not the price. Lower income people place, if anywhere, is in the TV ads touting Bloomberg's most recent pet project, whether congestion pricing or a West Side stadium. The poor can stay as extras, but not even in the South Bronx. How long can this continue?

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