That’s what happened a few years back when a blogger misquoted the real estate developer regarding a building project that was supposedly to be undertaken by the city at the Whitman/Ingersoll Houses. The entire incident calls to mind the type of issues that face both the city and developers like Ron Hershco and the plight of the residents of many of the city’s public housing establishments.
The allegation of the blog was regarding the converting of the public housing into condos that would innately elbow out the current residents which is a fear that would not be without basis as the neighborhood has seen a transition in the last several years. Some projects have undertaken to preserve the residents in older and dilapidated buildings while other buildings close by have turned into luxury high-rises far beyond the reach of working class neighbors. The fear would be to be slowly excluded from the ones own neighborhood or even disappear entirely from its landscape.
Wrong Type of Attention Doesn’t Advance Renovation
Although the aforementioned allegations by the blog concerning Ron Hershco brought attention to the cities projects at the Whitman/Ingersoll Houses, it was indeed the wrong type of attention for the residents in the public housing establishment who had needed to move out for the buildings to be renovated. The project is still ongoing, and the city has insisted on its intentions of the residents being able to move back as many expressed desire to do so.
The fears of unoccupied apartments being used by drug-dealers is a valid fear that many have during the city’s work at renovation. The projects budget in order to adequately terminate all the projects involved including roofing, etc. would certainly constitute valid concerns. The duration of said renovations and the plight of families during the interim constitute other valid concerns. Creating public hysteria based on uncorroborated information is probably a bit less than valid. It’s the type of thing that really tends to waste needless energy of all involved whether that be energy of worried residence or energy wasted trying to valid or disregard accusations.
It has been a rocky road in traveled in a neighborhood that has seen a rapidity of development that can but be described as staggering. The concerns of the long-term residents to the area have to be addressed as do the future prospects for the entire area. Those who undertake to do so must without disregard for the interests of the underprivileged speak to the heart of progress that the heavy investment may seek to stimulate.
Based on Article: http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/30/31/30_31whitmans.html