Posted on April 28, 2011 by Gil — 1 CommentMaria Quinones-Sanchez and Dan Savage Debate Tom Waring of the Northeast Times covered the great debate last week and his report is linked here. This is an important election for our community, keep informed. Savage website here. Sanchez website here. Share this:TwitterEmailFacebook Post navigationPrevious post: Coming Up in FrankfordNext post: FrankfordRising 1 thought on “Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Dan Savage Debate” NCA President Emeritus April 28, 2011 More than 25 years ago, “when a contingent of Frankford residents and merchants defined a vision for renewal that came to be known as the Frankford Plan.” http://www.northeasttimes.com/2006/0914/frankford.html And just when it looked like something was going to gel – someone invented an new word for the English Dictionary: Gentrification – and suddenly everything stopped. Gentrification is a term often use as the reason why not to develop or advance a neighborhood. It has been used for many years in Frankford “Gentrification and urban gentrification are terms referring to the displacement that results when wealthier people acquire property in low income and working class communities. …” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentrification The above explanation of Gentrification is incorrect. It would only apply if a “Wealthy Class of People” were buying up the real estate and then moving in to those neighborhoods & properties which they had purchased – causing a displacement of the poor & underprivileged resulting in “the eviction of lower-income residents because of increased rents, house prices, and property taxes.” Just the opposite is happening – not only in Frankford, but all across the City. When the “wealthier people” (who actually have money – most of us do not), acquire property in low income and working class communities – this is called Absentee Land Lords. They own the properties – rent them out – pay no taxes – have no permits – have no licenses – do not report them as income – and they live like royalty some place else – Like: on Long Beach Island N.J. – New York City – Rehobus Beach Maryland – New Hope Pennsylvania – Southern Shores North Carolina, Miami Florida – and the list goes on. While our politicians have been promoting false fear over “gentrification,” one which will never come, they have created a new level of Hell on Earth in Frankford. It’s called “Learned Helplessness.” “Learned helplessness, as a technical term in animal psychology and related human psychology, means a condition of a human person or an animal in which it has learned to behave helplessly, even when the opportunity is restored for it to help itself by avoiding an unpleasant or harmful circumstance to which it has been subjected.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_helplessness What our Elected Officials have been passing off as “Gentrification” is really “Learned helplessness.” But all these helpless people are not totally helpless – because for a rent rebate & some LIHEAP – they will come out to vote. This will complete the symbiotic cycle by voting, thus keeping the political drones in office who are feeding the wealthy absentee landlords, who keep the community hobbled, poor & disadvantaged – and the beat goes on … … as the absentee landlords contribute to Maria Quinones-Sanchez through Dwight Evans. See: http://gloomyhappy.wpengine.com/2008/02/14/frankford-business-and-professional-association-2/comment-page-1/#comment-10715 Come election time – the incumbent runs on the same platform as the previous election – Elect me and things will be better. J.M. Comments are closed.