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Re: Things - Carol
Lefrak City and other big complexes got tax breaks for taking in subsidized or welfare tenants. Not in Lefrak's size category but big enough, the building across the street from mine was one of them. The residents were Hispanic. I don't know what Lefrak started with but when I left the area, it seemed to be more Black than Hispanic. In any case, it no longer was the nice place it had been. People living there paying full market rents moved out when things started to go down. A cousin complained of garbage not put in dumbwaiters but lining the hallways and the urinating in elevators. Before long those who could would leave and the vacancy was filled with more of the same. I would never move to a high-rise neighborhood again because when they go, they go fast. Neighborhoods where Chinese or Asians settled have not changed. Schools have become even better. The phenomena of the laundry hanging off the balcony is not surprising since you might see the same thing in any area where there is no place for a clothes line. However it does make for an unsightly neighborhood appearance.
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