Posted by TenantNet on October 18, 2000 at 19:07:50:
In Reply to: Re: Get your subjects straight (What is wrong with being poor?) posted by Jake on October 18, 2000 at 18:31:07:
A few things:
First, drop the presidential politics -- which have nothing to do with local tenant issues. Even if we think Bush is a butthead, the Dem. party is hardly pro-tenant, despite what they say.
Second, it was the RGB, not DHCR that imposed the "poor tax."
Third, recognize that the "gentrification is good" poster was trolling and reacting with two-dimensional and surface thinking, and probably has no idea what he is talking about (and yes, that might also apply to some of the protestors from the original post). It's a complex subject that can't be adequately fleshed out here. You need to define exactly what it is, its direct and indirect impact (on which segments of the populacce), how does that affect broader public policy and socioeconomic stability of parts of the region. Only then can you honestly talk about the tax base, local business, etc. And for value judgments, an honest look may reveal that short-term "improvements" may not be in the best interests of the long-term stability of the tax base. So anyone on this subject, use caution, don't troll and don't get too far out. This is a "tenant" forum.
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