Displacement

Desplazamiento:

Conforme a un reporte publicado por Scott Stringer (el Contralor de Nueva York) – Entre los años 2000 y 2012 la renta mediana en Nueva York a subido un 75%, mientras los ingresos de familias con ingreso mediano a bajado por un 5%! En toda la cuidad, residentes y pequeños negocios están luchando contra rentas excesivas, desarrollos que solo benefician gente adinerada, y pólizas que ponen a dueños de bienes raíces en control de nuestra comunidad. Un gran ejemplo de una póliza que promueve el desplazamiento de pequeños negocios y el desplazamiento de gente en nuestra comunidad es- los distritos de desarrollo comercial.

Que es un Distrito de Desarrollo Comercial? Es una ley que supuestamente ayudaría mejorar zonas comerciales como La Roosevelt. El distrito de desarrollo comercial, conocido en ingles como el BID (Business Improvement District), ayudaría específicamente a “limpiar” y “asegurar” las calles con la meta de atraer mas negocio y clientes. Usando la excusa de “limpiar” y “asegurar” las calles, el distrito de desarrollo comercial (con la autorización de la ciudad) colectara un nuevo impuesto de cada dueño de propiedad en su distrito. Este nuevo impuesto, como el resto de impuestos, los dueños de propiedad la pasaran al inquilino (usted, el dueño de el pequeño negocio). En realidad el aumento de impuestos se traduce a aumentos de renta. Mas y más vemos que pequeños negocios están siendo remplazados con corporaciones grandes que pueden pagar rentas más altas.

Porque luchamos? Luchamos en contra del Distrito de Desarrollo Comercial porque queremos que nuestra comunidad se mantenga migrante y diversa. Nosotros ya pagamos impuestos para recibir servicios públicos del estado como la limpieza de la calle y no queremos pagar más.

Como hemos luchado? Colectamos más de 200 votos en contra del Distrito de Desarrollo Comercial. Hemos protestado contra Bill de Blasio y creamos alianzas con organizaciones locales. Y por último trabajamos con la prensa para educar a todos los Neoyorkinos sobre este ataque a nuestras comunidades.

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Displacement:

According to a report published by Scott Stringer (NYC Comptroller), between the years 2000-2012 the median rent in NY has increased 75%, while the median working class family income has decreased by 5%! This means that throughout the city, residents and small businesses are struggling with excessive rents, developments that only benefit wealthy people, and policies that put real estate owners in control of our community. A great example of a policy that promotes the displacement of small businesses and people in our community is the Business Improvement District.

What is a Business Improvement District? It is a law that claims to improve commercial areas like Roosevelt Avenue. The BID (Business Improvement District) is aimed specifically to help “clean” and “secure” public space with the goal of attracting more businesses and customers. Yet what we are seeing is that this messaging of a “cleaner” and more “secure” Roosevelt is being used as an excuse for the Business Improvement District (with the permission of the city) to collect a new tax from each property owner in their district. This new tax, like other taxes, will be passed from property owners to tenants (meaning you, the owner of the small business) which actually translates to increased rent. Through this policy, we are seeing more and more small businesses replaced with large corporations that can pay higher rents, which greatly contributes to the displacement of our communities.

Why do we fight? We fight against the Business Improvement District (BID) because we already pay taxes for state utilities such as street cleaning. It is our representatives’ job to secure a sufficient amount of services for our community, instead of helping to impose a law that will relinquish power to a handful of real estate owners on a BID board. We fight against this regressive “solution” because we understand its implications and its role as a tool for gentrification. We fight because we want our neighborhoods to remain a place where our diverse and predominantly first generation immigrant community can continue to subsist and exist with dignity. We have built and planted roots here. That is why we fight.

How have we fought back? We collected over 200 votes against the Business Improvement District. We have protested against Bill de Blasio’s lack of action, created partnerships with local organizations, and we work with the media to educate all New Yorkers about this attack on our communities.