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July 14, 2005

Brooklyn Hipsters Fight for Less Housing

The Village Voice thinks this story is about a villainous developer bending zoning rules, but it's really about privileged owners of expensive brownstones fighting affordable housing. Typical complaints:

The new six-story building on Clermont Avenue towering over its Fort Greene neighborhood that was supposed to be luxury apartments but turned out to be a homeless hotel? That was Radusky's work.

Yep-- how dare the homeless have a place to live? We need zoning to make any housing they can afford unbuildable.

I'm sure the developer is doing it for the money, but he sounds like an unwitting hero in my book, fighting "liberals" who value organic gardens (and rising property values) more than a livable city for working families.

Posted by Nathan at July 14, 2005 12:26 AM