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Total bullshit and a lie from Assembly Member Clyde Vanel:
In terms of affordability, he said that southeast Queens’ longtime foreclosure problem has been “slowing down” and that he is trying to keep prices low enough to attract younger people and make sure there is no “exodus” from the neighborhood. “Our young people go and live in Williamsburg or they move to Harlem or they move to Fort Green or they move to Astoria,” he said. “Part of the reason is that we don’t have rentals here, you have to buy a house—but even when they buy, they buy elsewhere. We want to be able to attract them and keep them here and buy here.”
BIG LIE: Part of the reason is that we don’t have rentals here.
YES, Vanel we do have plenty of rentals here in Jamaica, so I don’t know what the hell you are talking about, Zara Realty alone, which has many buildings in the downtown area have rentals. Yeah, maybe in places like Queens Village or Laurelton or other far off areas from Downtown, BUT young people are not going to live in those areas, there is no subway access and they sure are not going hop some crappy Jamaica Bus for a long ride to the subway. SO THAT IS A LIE.
The young people who are leaving are bright, educated, hard working individuals who don’t want to live in some filthy garbage strewn ghetto mentality community. You mentioned Williamsburg, Harlem and Fort Greene, which all three are completely different from Jamaica. They are NOT GHETTO, they have nice stores, restaurants, cafes and bars. They have a night life and things to do.
NEWSFLASH: Not all young black (or older) folks are ghetto or uneducated and they like nice things and not the bullshit nonsense that happens in ghetto communities like Jamaica. Jamaica pretty much has NOTHING to offer smart educated young people, so they move out to something more of their liking.
You elected officials still do not fucking get it. You can build all the damn buildings you want, but if you don’t clean it up, you don’t maintain the parks, and you stop having tons of homeless shelters in the area and shelters that could be rental apartments like the big El Camino homeless shelter on 8930 16st St, which was an apartment building until they turned into this homeless shelter with problematic people in 2007. AND to give community board 12 credit (and even former BP Helen Marshall) for trying to fight what the damn city was cramming down their throat (http://www.qchron.com/editions/eastern/jamaica-couples-shelter-open-for-nearly-one-year/article_71d5b1d5-75e2-5e67-a1db-75a78938e569.html).
The area needs CLEANED UP, better businesses, proper enforcement on quality of life issues and a nightlife .
Damn elected officials, I mean how can you just flat out lie in this day and age. I guess that is just the norm anymore with them (look at our President Man Child).