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Davidson reports: "Post-Sandy, New York's homeless problem is even more daunting. One building in Brooklyn shows how it might be solved."

A room in the Hegeman, the new Brownsville 161-unit affordable-housing complex. (photo: AP)
A room in the Hegeman, the new Brownsville 161-unit affordable-housing complex. (photo: AP)

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+3 # mdhome 2012-11-24 10:43
The trouble is that more and more Americans are driving the toxic resentment wheel wondering how they did all the right things only to still be a paycheck away from those we've been conditioned to disdain. (With respect to harlemgurl)Ther e are many out there that have worked their butt off trying to get ahead, but of course there are only so many opportunities to mecome the CEO and many more soldiers needed in the trenches, so there will always be those a short step from having absolutely nothing, a medical emergency not covered by insurance puts many into bankruptcy, their company moving to China, a superstorm wiping out their place of business.If there were no out of work workers, how would a business find employees if they want to expand?
+2 # Rita Walpole Ague 2012-11-24 12:01
mdhome, you are so correct! In today's nation and world, with the evil 1% villainaires, so greed and power addicted, enslave us all they must, in order to maintain the unending flow of $$$$$ into their overflowing coffers, and total control over we the sheeple.

Hells bells, gots to have military recruits, do they not, to stay in the oh so profitable war, war, war, for $$$$$, do they not? And, what the hell, slam they must the 'Goddamn socialist' ooncept of Healthcare Not Warfare, and keep the U.S. the only 'advanced' (a misnomer these days) nation in the world to not provide such healthcare to all as a basic human(e) right.

Toxic resentment building toward a revolution/impl osion? You betcha!
+5 # reiverpacific 2012-11-24 12:14
As a former Architect forced into retirement by several factors including the current "(DEP)Recession ", I'd love to be cut loose on some of these projects (and nationally, it would put so many people back to work across the spectrum).
I've designed a couple of "green" low-income projects and had an award for one in Appalachia, and the biggest challenges have always been caused by the obfuscation, lack of comprehension and remoteness from reality of the local planning commissions composed almost entirely of "I've got mine, screw everybody else", Limousine Liberals and Reactionaries. In every case I cultivated good relationships with the regional planning authorities who were actually quite supportive but the local commissions (and departments of transportation in one case) were the problem.
Typical question at hearings; "Now, where will these people keep their RV and boats?" This mind you, on a low-income housing project!!!
I don't know how it is in New York but I imagine that it's the same thing, magnified and multiplied many times!
0 # RLF 2012-11-26 07:21
The best way to end homelessness is to give these people a fair piece of the income pie and make the 1% pay fair taxes...not take and take and take.
0 # RLF 2012-11-26 07:23
We don't need Ghettos for the poor...they need income to be self reliant.

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