From 2000 to 2005, 32,500 Blacks moved out (pushed out) of Harlem and some 22,800 Whites moved into Harlem (NYC Census 2010). The Black community in Harlem has real economic, political and social problems that can NOT be fixed solely with government intervention but will require a comprehensive plan of action rooted in personal responsibility, unity of purpose and love of community. Black people in Harlem must accept responsibility for their own economic, political and social salvation. By working together, the Black community can set a new course that will drive economic, political and social outcomes that serve the best interests of the Black community in Harlem.
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Greedy landlords are guilty of economic holocaust in Harlem
(In the last 10 years, 35,500 Blacks and Hispanics have been pushed out of Harlem).
Blacks and Hispanics [ own less than 5% ] of the privately-owned, for-profit, multi-family residential rental housing in Harlem.
NOTE: Blacks and Hispanics [ own less than 5% ] of the privately-owned, for-profit, multi-family residential rental housing in Harlem.
The displacement of low income Black and Hispanic tenants in Harlem is NOT happening just by accident – it is a wicked conspiracy between greedy landlords and those elected officials (many of them Black and Hispanic, the Uncle Tom, House Negros) they control with their campaign contributions.
By 1980, the City of New York owned 60% of all residential real estate in Harlem, and began auctioning these properties to the public in 1985. After years of false starts, Harlem began to see rapid gentrification in the late 1990s. This was driven by changing federal and city policies, including fierce crime-fighting and a concerted effort to develop the retail corridor on 125th Street. Real estate values in Central Harlem increased nearly 300% during the 1990s, while the rest of the City saw only a 12% increase (empty shells of Harlem brownstones sell today for $1,000,000 each).
During this period, a large number of White middle income households began to flood Harlem for the “relatively inexpensive” Manhattan housing costs (rentals and sales). Today the trend continues with devastating impact on the lives of low income Black families who do not have the incomes to compete in the open market for housing in the “NEW” Harlem. From 2000 to 2005, 32,500 Blacks moved out (or got pushed out) of Harlem and some 22,800 Whites moved into Harlem (NYC Census 2010).
Each day the lines of low income tenants (of which are 90% Black and Hispanic) outside housing court in Manhattan run all the way around the block because greedy landlords seek to displace low income tenants.
Not even public housing is safe from greedy landlords who with their political friends in government (Republicans and Democrats) are trying to buy public housing land to build luxury housing for rich people in Manhattan.