Lack of Affordable Housing Fuels Brooklyn Homelessness

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Gentrification has given Brooklyn a beautiful makeover, but under the surface lies the ugly problem of homelessness. It’s now the least affordable borough due to gentrification and its hostile takeover of Brooklyn neighborhoods is pushing the poor out on the streets while giving the rich a new territory.

Homelessness is a citywide concern, with 60,484 people sleeping in New York City shelters each night, according to the Coalition for the Homeless.  The city is trying to provide apartments with New York City Housing Connect, a portal where users can apply for affordable units throughout the city. However, the number of apartments available greatly outnumbers the amount of applications. As noted in a New York Times article, it was mentioned that a building in Brooklyn at 59 Frost Street had 38 affordable apartments, but received over 80,000 applications for those units.

With the number of people without a home at…

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Television Review: Daredevil’s first season explores the human costs of gentrification

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“This is my city” – Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk, at various points in Daredevil’s first season.

The battle between Daredevil and Wilson Fisk is a battle for Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, and what each of them perceives to be the ‘soul’ of the city. Wilson Fisk, Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson all grew up in Hell’s kitchen, and from what we see in the first season of Daredevil (mainly through flashbacks), it wasn’t a great place to live. But it’s home. Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson and Wilson Fisk all want the same thing; to rid their home of crime and make it a great place for future generations to grow up. For our heroes, this means using the law to try and protect people like Mrs Cardenas from being forced out of their rent-controlled apartments (and Matt beating up bad guys by night). For Fisk, it means getting rid of those…

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