Thursday, June 10, 2010

Day 131: Bracing myself for lots of "dislikes"

Explain to me how
You live in the projects and
Drive a Range Rover

(I spent a long time walking around Red Hook in the rain yesterday. Red Hook is a fascinating area. It is home to Brooklyn's largest housing project, as well as many shops, restaurants, and a very cool community farm. It's amazing how many luxury SUVs are parked throughout the Red Hook Houses. I'm not just playing to offensive stereotypes; I did some research on public housing fraud at a former job. New York City has a real problem with people lying about their income in order to take advantage of public housing options. In some extreme examples, people actually owned multi-family houses in other neighborhoods, which they were renting out for substantial profit while living in subsidized housing.)

1 comment:

  1. Ugh. It makes me mad when people take advantage of programs like that. Mostly because they give fuel to the people who claim that EVERY person on welfare or in public housing is a lazy cheat. It sucks for the people who have genuine need.