Gentrification is Impermissible
Gentrification is Impermissible
Why this petition matters
Gorden Quinn eloquently notes that “ gentrification can be plague, as it eats up neighborhoods.” As a child who has lived most of my life in NYC. NYC has figuratively raised me and is undoubtedly my home, so therefore I feel that if we do put in the effort to keep its homes affordable, then we can preserve the diversity of the families that live here, such as mine. In New York City, gentrification is a detrimental issue. Gentrification is the issue in which higher-class families come and displace the roles of lower-class families which makes the cost of living much more arduous to afford. This matters because gentrification continuously makes all families struggle which also leads to a skyrocket in poverty. However, some people may argue that gentrification leads to cleaner neighborhoods. Although this is true, it doesn't stop the growing 12% rate of gentrification in NYC which means that 3 in 25 people are homeless or are living in severe poverty. In brief summary, this is a formal plea to pass new resident zoning laws that decrease the allowed increase in rent prices.
In New York City gentrification is a destructive issue for the lower class and working-class families. Gentrification causes lower-class working families to be forced out of low-income neighborhoods and into poverty and or homelessness. “The vast majority of them felt that they had moved not out of choice, but because they felt compelled to move due to affordability, especially housing affordability,.” he said. Most did not benefit from moving. A majority of residents who had been pushed further to the east told him “they have less access to supermarkets, to health care centers; that they have poor transportation options. And, on the whole, their quality of life suffered.” Many citizens felt like they needed to move out because they couldn't afford their homes anymore. However when they did move out things just got harder for them since they didn't have access to supermarkets, healthcare centers, and transportation. These pieces of evidence, do support my claim by proving that the cost of living really does become more expensive for families when gentrification comes their way.
To solve gentrification, I request stronger rent zoning laws that strictly limit the rate of rent increase, which could majorly help. Creating stricter rent zoning laws can strictly limit the rent increase from a 10%to a 2%at most this can prevent rent from becoming too expensive for working-class families to afford. “Another approach is rent control policies that can bring down rents manifold. Under the Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA), 45 % of the New York rental market is rent-stabilized. Thus this can make the area one of the unfavorable areas for gentrification as it regulates the real estate market. The other states need to follow suit.”(Németh, Jeremy. 1) Another way to stop gentrification is by monitoring rent policies and making them lower. 45% of new york is already in stable rent which is a sign for the rest of new york to follow. This rent control policy supports .y claim by expressing how rent control can monitor and effectively keep the cost of living affordable.
To stop the spread of gentrification, which makes the families of NYC struggle day to day, however, we can solve this issue by creating very strict resident zoning laws which should prevent rent from increasing to the point that it is unaffordable. The face of NYC is the diversity that we hold. The difference in cultures is what creates communities. Working-class families' lives get more expensive every day and are worse than ever right now. So I am sure that if we work to regulate the amount of power that higher class people have then we can definitely end gentrification.