Do you remember this, Hi I’m Robin Leach, and this is the life style of the rich and famous? The 80’s TV Series that show cased the opulence of the wealthy. I was young and captivated by the designer clothes and the bling.
Then I grow up, worked my way through college while struggling to keep a roof over my head. I consider myself to be lucky to have found affordable housing in a decent neighborhood. This bring me to my point, recently in New York City there is a boom of erecting Luxury buildings, taking place throughout the five boroughs. Some people are calling this re-gentrification by the middle class or the work of a conglomerate of secret rich investors, pushing lower- income people out. With each Mayoral election, the promise is made to create jobs, and to build more affordable housing. But, when these promise makers are voted into office, the only progress that is made is for the well to do.
Schools are closed in so called poor performing districts only to be rebuilt into private schools. Mom and Pop shops are forced out replaced with pricier gourmet food stores, and cafes that sell $5.00 coffee and $3.00 bagels. When the neighborhood change, so do the people, and those who don’t fit in meaning, people who don’t meet the income requirements, social status, and in some cases belonging to the right ethnic group, are left out.
The buildings are getting taller with great amenities and concierge service. While the other half lives in dangerous, rodent infested, deteriorating buildings owned by slum lords, who change high rents to invest in the building of luxury apartment complex to carter to the life style of the rich and famous.
WAY TO GO NEW YORK. THIS IS MY STORY.
What say you?