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Tenants Rally Against Planned Demolition of Manhattan Public Housing Complexes

HeadlineJun 28, 2023

In Manhattan, public housing tenants rallied on Tuesday to demand the city halt its controversial $1.5 billion plan to demolish two public housing complexes and replace them with new high-rise apartments. Officials say the plan to tear down the Fulton and Chelsea-Elliott Houses is more cost-effective than repairing the apartments. But tenants argue the demolition will drive further privatization, gentrification and displacement. Some tenants opposed to the demolition reported they were turned away by city authorities Tuesday as they tried to attend a resident engagement meeting. This is George Weaver, a Fulton tenant since 1993.

George Weaver: “We got a mental crisis. We got a homeless crisis. Look at it. It’s going to get worse if we tear down public housing. We’re going to have people sleeping in the streets all over. And it’s not just happening in New York, it’s happening all across America. You see what happened in Chicago in the last mayor’s race. That was a proven point. Eric Adams has to listen to us. In the halls of government, it says 'of the people, by the people, for the people.' It doesn’t say 'of the developer, by the developer and for the developer.'”

Thanks to Democracy Now!’s Sonyi Lopez for that report.

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