Barnfox Must Address Community Concerns and Develop Equitable Business Practices.

Barnfox Must Address Community Concerns and Develop Equitable Business Practices.

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Boycott Barnfox Working Group started this petition to Tim Tedesco and

In October 2020, Tim Tedesco and Frederick Pikovsky opened a members-only cowork space in Uptown Kingston, NY. Their business, marketed as an amenity for NYC-based professionals escaping to Upstate New York, explicitly encourages and facilitates gentrification of the area. In the midst of an unprecedented public health and housing crisis, Barnfox’s opening was met with swift and widespread objections from community members.    

Outlined below are steps Barnfox must take to make their business accessible and beneficial to a larger portion of the community. From conversations with the owners, we believe these are all reasonable demands and that meeting them is necessary for the welfare of greater Kingston. In taking these steps, Barnfox could become a positive— rather than disruptive—force in the community.  

1. We ask that Barnfox make memberships accessible to low-income Kingston residents.  

  • We suggest that Barnfox implement, and robustly advertise, a sliding-scale policy so that ALL interested Kingston residents can make use of their space and amenities. 

2. We ask that Barnfox provide a COVID-safe space for Kingston students in need of fast WiFi. 

  • Any youth groups or students in a need, please DM us directly. 

3. Post-COVID, we ask that Barnfox allow local groups and nonprofits to utilize its space, for free, to organize and host community events.

  • The owners have made clear they are open to doing so. We nevertheless make this formal request as a means to encourage them to further expand and publicize this service. 
  • Any non-profits interested, please DM us directly. 

4. We ask that Barnfox donate a tiny portion of its monthly proceeds (perhaps $15 per each $325 to $495 monthly membership) to nonprofits working to address Kingston’s housing crisis. 

  •  In August 2020, Kingston’s rents rose more than any other city in the country. In light of this crisis, such donations would be appropriate in mitigating Barnfox’s gentrifying effect. 
  • There is a local precedent for this. Businesses, such as Arrowood Farms in Accord, NY and Rough Draft in Uptown, make donations of this kind on a weekly basis.
    • Arrowood donates weekly to Rise Up. Rough Draft donates to a different grassroot organization each month (African Roots Center in February 2021).
  • We suggest donations be made to Rise Up Kingston, The Worker Justice Center, Ulster Immigrant Defense Network, or Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson. 

5. Lastly, we ask that Barnfox increase transparency and communication with local residents. 

  • We demand that Barnfox publicly acknowledge the wide-spread objections to their opening—and ongoing presence— in Kingston.
  • We ask that Barnfox explicitly evolve their business model from one that facilitates gentrification and displacement to one that seeks to mitigate harm.  
    • For example, with an awareness of the volatile housing crisis in Kingston, Barnfox must 1) suspend their discounted deals on Airbnb accommodations. (Airbnb has reshaped the housing market in favor of transplants and functioned to further segregate the city.) 2) Stop encouraging gentrification, as they do currently by marketing their space to non-residents and offering special discounts to “weekenders.”  (Their website mentions nothing about a discount for local residents).  

We ask that Barnfox publicly respond to the above concerns and provide regular, public updates as to their implementation. 

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