The hand-written sign taped to the door at the Red Hook Houses said it all – “WE ARE NOT ANIMALS!”
A full week after Hurricane Sandy came and went, thousands of furious Housing Authority tenants in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan struggled Monday to survive in squalid conditions as NYCHA scrambled in vain to turn on power, heat and water.
“Nobody comes here to help. It’s the land of the lost,” declared a frustrated Ralph Fret, 64, pointing at the black fetid water that remained in the basement of his building - nearly to the ceiling. “You see all that water? You see a pump anywhere? They’re not doing anything.”
As of Monday some 20,000 NYCHA tenants at 108 buildings in 17 projects in Brooklyn, Queens and Lower Manhattan remained in the dark on many levels – living without heat, water, elevators and light but also without word from officials about when things might get back to normal.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
NYCHA Buildings Suffer Post-Sandy Squalor
The Mayor of Money doesn't seem to be working all that hard to fix this:
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Like in New Orleans, where the teachers were fired, the schools privatized and public housing destroyed in the aftermath of Katrina, this is the Shock Doctrine at work, opportunistically using crises to implement policies that would otherwise be opposed.ReplyDelete
It's not incompetence or lack of resources, it's policy.
I totally agree, Michael.ReplyDelete
They'll use this storm very handily in the coming months and years for more privatization schemes.
I looked on the NYSED website and saw no mention of Sandy as a factor in the Common Core/accountability jive.
You can bet they will go full steam ahead with school closures, teacher evaluations based on tests, additional tests and the like, despite the horrors that Sandy wrought.
Accountability will be had for students, teachers and schools.
But not for mayors governors or ed commissioners.
I would like to comment on the real estate developers. They will knock down those structures. The poor will be scattered. The neighborhood will get sea walls and then be gentrified. This will happen. Like Rahmbo said. It is important to exploit a disaster. Here we go again.ReplyDelete
You're absolutely right - as Michael said above, they're not screwing up the recovery effort in these places out of incompetence. It's the plan - just as it was post-Katrina. Or in Haiti. Here come the disaster capitalism bearing arms, I mean alms.Delete
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