Magnet For The Poor
It is no accident that Rockaway has become a magnet for generations of the poor and the homeless. There is big money to be made off these unfortunate people. Every building being built, as on 24 street today, for low income and subsidized families reduces the chance for even a movie theater or a major store being built on the Rockaway peninsula.
The middle class and educated families of any race will no longer move into the peninsula regardless of the few two-family homes being built. Take a look at the Far Rockaway shopping area and you will understand that we are already saturated with the poor and homeless and the social problems that they bring. The rest of the city and the state see this and they are willing to accommodate this trend with grant money and political support.
If the quality of life in Rockaway is to improve, and economic development is to become a real possibility, then we must organize to stop the real estate hustlers from continuing the economic devastation of the peninsula.
STEPHEN A. COOPER