It’s been a while since we’ve heard Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr utter the words ‘New Bronx‘, something we’ve been vocally against along with legions of Bronxites.
But he doesn’t have to, the damage is done and it’s already embedded in the psyche of people from billionaire developers of the oligarchy to the working poor who make our beautiful Bronx run.
The Village Voice published an article titled, ‘Brooklynizing The Bronx: Will The Boogie Down’s Boom Leave Thousands of Workers in The Dust?‘ which examines, among many things, Ruben Diaz Jr’s ties to real estate interests and his lack of advocacy for the auto workers of Jerome Avenue who are facing displacement and loss of thousands of jobs as the area faces rezoning.
The Voice writes:
The signs are rising in numbers across the South Bronx as developers are driving up property values with speculative purchases that are not in line with the actual market value of the area.
Even real estate agents have become bolder as they list properties at unimaginable sales prices even a year or two ago.
Rents are also rising for you see, not everyone has the luxury of living in rent stabilized or control apartments and two bedrooms renting for $2,500 in Mott Haven and Port Morris isn’t that uncommon of a sight any more.
We need to continue to organize and be a part of this forced shaping of our future because as I’ve heard many times, “If you aren’t at the table, it’s because you’re on the menu.”
The Voice further adds:
The future of The Bronx is very bright and promising but it remains to be seen for whom. At least this moment in time, it isn’t for us but developers and our Borough President.