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Fri Feb 4, 2022, 10:37 AM

Where Bronx housing went awry

By Eileen Markey
New York Daily News |
Feb 02, 2022

The Twin Parks fire, which cost 17 people their lives, has gripped the heartstrings of the city and the nation.

It’s a concrete tragedy, one people can get their heads around. But it’s not the whole story. The fire was fueled by decisions made a decade ago and a far broader abandonment of the public good.


The Twin Parks fire started when we gave over a crucial social function to the market. The market doesn’t work for providing housing in New York City. If it did, we wouldn’t have nearly half a million people in public housing, 45,000 people in city shelters and one in seven kids in the Bronx living in a shelter, a family member or friends’ couch or a car. If the market worked, we wouldn’t have one in three Bronxites paying half their income in rent.

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