The history of New York state can be found in its neighborhoods and the rich heritage surrounding New York small businesses. The buildings that small businesses preserve are treasures throughout the state, and the continued need for affordable housing is something that every community can identify with. But with every need comes a challenge, and the current path being taken by New York state government all but ensures that the history of the state will be erased and affordable housing will be extremely hard to find.

New York City Offers a Case Study

The issues surrounding affordable housing and community identity are plentiful in New York City, and the city is starting to lose its identity. The trend toward developing old city properties into luxury apartments was so bad that the city needed to take action to stop it. Rezoning forced developers to put new housing in designated areas, and tax abatements offered the type of motivation developers needed to include affordable housing in each of their new residential housing projects.

But over the years, the rezoning has done significant damage to New York City neighborhoods. The city felt that changing certain areas from residential to commercial zones would bring in business to help spur the revitalization of the area. But all it has done is destroy communities and hand neighborhoods over to big business. New York City’s attempts to use gentrification to improve conditions have only proven to displace the poor and destroy neighborhoods that have been around for generations.

The Trend Continues All Over New York State

The trend of using gentrification to increase property values and revitalize the state’s economy is having a devastating effect throughout the state. Landmarks that had stood for centuries are being destroyed to make way for big-box department stores and new factories. Communities that need assistance in raising wages to help residents to create a sustainable lifestyle are being destroyed to make way for wealthy real estate investors who increase property values by sweeping out the low-income families.

If you want to help, then we invite you to join us as we fight to stop the complete gentrification of the state of New York. We will show you how to stop developers from knocking down historic landmarks in your community, and we can assist in dealing with low-income housing issues. Until we all stand together against this sort of trend, we are all at risk of losing neighborhoods that have survived for generations to the interests of big business.

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