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Queens Chronicle

Day after Willets Point rally Helen Marshall approves proposed mall

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  • reg131 posted at 1:12 pm on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

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    While driving into work today I heard the news about small business owners being evicted from their long-standing businesses in the Willets Point area, only to be replaced with "affordable housing." As we are well aware, "affordable housing" is somewhat of an acronym for low income dwellings. We are always told by our representatives that continued development will bring more business to the area, keep our taxes from going up, increase our property values, all of which NEVER happen. In fact, our property taxes increase because after this low income housing is completed and families move in, not only are we told that now we have a need for more schools, more roadways, more hospital services, more, more, more.....thereby necessitating an increase in property taxes. And now a mall? Isn't the area congested enough? There are more malls than we could ever need in New York and Long Island, with a two-fold problem. The economy cannot support more retail stores and you continue to put small business owners out of business. Which brings me to the salvage businesses that have been at Willets Point for generations. It is my understanding that there has been a legal battle going on for years regarding removal of these businesses in favor of "affordable housing" and a mall, I even heard the possibility of a hotel. When we, the citizens, have no redress from an onerous judicial system, tell me what can we do. When no matter what you try to accomplish through our judicial system is for naught, tell me how will anyone survive with a judicial system run a muck. These small business owners were evicted and where were they relocated to? Is this a case of eminent domain? Were they compensated for their losses? There comes a time when we have to realize that over-development is harmful and not very cost effective. But then again, what would the politicians know? They are the ones who become rich from these sweet deals they give the developers in exchange for a lucrative kickback. Pure and simple - that's all it is.