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Tuesday, October 27th, 2009   4:08 am | Author: Tony | Economy, Life, Money, Politics/Government |
There was a depressing article in the NY Times a few days ago.
The United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Raquel Rolnik, a professor of urban planning at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, to tour areas of NYC to determine if affordable housing is so hard to find that it actually violates human rights.
She will check out neighborhoods in NYC and six other locations in the United States. She will then report back to the United Nations General Assembly about housing rights violations and advances and a letter will be sent to government agencies to confirm her findings and try to resolve the issues.
Professor Rolnik’s review and tour is to include the results of the government’s use of eminent domain to seize property; to the New York City Housing Authority’s Grant Houses in Harlem to see how public housing residents live; and to the Bronx to meet residents whose landlords are in foreclosure.
At a town hall meeting several days ago in Morningside Heights, residents wept and shouted at Ms. Rolnik. They complained about deteriorating public housing, the lack of housing subsidies for AIDS patients, landlord harassment and many other issues.
It is hard to believe that the UN has to investigate housing in the US.
At least one conservative pundit, Jonah Goldberg thought this whole thing is hilarious and wrote
“This is the best story of the day! The U.N. Human Rights Council is troubled — deeply, deeply troubled — by rumors that New York City’s lack of affordable housing violates human rights.”
I assume Mr. Goldberg never had to worry about finding adequate housing for himself.