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Change Agent. Critical Thinker. Political. Provocateur. Foodie. Fighting Gentrification. Equitable Development. @CrenshawSubway @TheUmojaCenter #40AcresAndAMall
May 15 4 tweets 2 min read
As I said the day after 2016 election, the problem is not the racist, xenophobic, anti-LGBTQ+ & otherwise deplorable carnival barkers (Trump & now clearly DeSantis.)

Problem is we live in a country where tens of millions who vote for them walk among us.
washingtonpost.com/education/2023… They are the cops, the judges, the loan officers, the teachers, the supervisors, the armed neighbors.

Now I'll add: disabuse urself of belief that they'll wise up.

Insurrections must be put down. (And not even ur most loud mouth congressional Dem is prepared to do that.)
May 15 6 tweets 2 min read
So much can be said a/b a person who thinks that their validation comes by proving themselves, teaching or even engage anonymous (mostly arrogant yt boi) folk on Twitter on ANY topic. 🤣

Let’s start with: u must not be doing 💩.

Some of us have done stuff & do stuff everyday. And speaking of 💩, perhaps I need to point out that half of my engagement on these toxic Twitter housing streets occurs while I’m in the loo or simultaneous to watching tonybaker videos. 🤷🏾‍♂️
Jan 7 19 tweets 7 min read
1: No headline better than this better captures the intent of YIMBY (to redirect the blame AWAY from multi-trillion dollar private equity firms, banks, investors & the hypercommodification/assetization of housing)!

2: The @theatlantic has jumped the shark. 🧵 One #1: This is good old fashion neoliberal/corporate misdirection tactic: blame less powerful / individual actors in order to block attempts to regulate powerful corporations.

They blame trial attorneys, unions, Black employees/women filling discrimination claims, etc.
Jan 5 7 tweets 2 min read
I said: “Making sure the 40 yr BIPOC Walmart worker on welfare doesn’t have to take the bus to work & has access to an affordable 3BD [in yt suburbs] so their kids can go to their HS ain’t ever been [YIMBY’s] focus.”

YIMBY responds completely oblivious to the issue. 🤣🤦🏾‍♂️ Cheat sheet: Developers can build plenty of market-rate studios in affluent yt suburbs & they will REMAIN affluent yt suburbs.

The point: even in said cities, YIMBY lobbying for developers doesn’t do 💩 to advance racial & economic justice or integrate exclusionary yt cities.
Oct 9, 2022 7 tweets 3 min read
Look at the replies to understand why I call them The Proud Boys of Real Estate

Anyone who thinks to blame decades-in-the-making housing crisis on 1of11 Dem Socialist Supervisor who has been in office 3yrs & founded a statewide tenants advocacy org is insane, stupid or paid off. Any honest observation is that San Francisco was sold off to Big Tech, commercial real estate & venture capitalists going back to at least Willie Brown’s administration.

And as South Bay cities were adding millions in creative office space for six-figure migrant tech workers…
Oct 8, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
1. Not right.

2. Missing middle used to mean those who make too much for public housing & not enough to buy a home. Literally the equivalent today of the 50-80% AMI.

Then it came to mean moderate income (80-120% AMI).

Now it’s just less than a tech engineer wants to pay. 🤦🏾‍♂️ 2. We’ve seen repeatedly the promise of zoning deregulation w/o affordability requirements leading to missing middle. It’s snake oil.

We saw that with small lot subdivisions in LA a decade ago. Same w/duplex laws.
Oct 8, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
YIMBY not only dont give a 💩 a/b protecting tenants (& I’ll add at-risk homeowners) ur orgs oppose every effort to do something meaningful under the claim of it interfering w/the market.

Fact is YIMBY dont want vacancy control b/c u want to occupy the urban space BIPOC live in. All of the meaningful things to protect tenants & long-time residents could be put in place by the legislature TOMORROW to create this “make it hard to displace tenants” world a reality. And yet YIMBY don’t direct their energy towards it. AND YIMBY NEVER WILL!
Oct 8, 2022 8 tweets 3 min read
Oh YIMBY know how to yell. …at the elders, BIPOC & (especially on Housing Twitter) at the women who dare to point out how the blanket zoning deregulation policies lead to their eviction.

Lest we forget head YIMBY putting elders in the hospital pushing #SB827 🧵 Same tactics used by their NIMBY suburban parents/grandparents to oppose affordable housing:

“Supervisor candidate and BARF founder Sonja Trauss moved into the crowd and shook her protest sign in the face of an elderly Chinese man…”

Sep 26, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
Hard to not see that the Ca statewide ban on parking minimums #AB2097 convo is a reflection of typical shortcomings of white urbanists, and in particular their absence of understanding of equity & race, and refusal to see obvious conflicts with their urbanists dreams. 🧵 While white urbanists & politicians claim the bill advances equity, the actual anti-poverty orgs w/decades standing up for the low-income and people of color are saying different.

Here’s from the Western Center on Law & Poverty, Public Interest Law Project & CRLA Fndn: Image
Sep 26, 2022 8 tweets 3 min read
Y does LAT regularly quote at length folks like Manville, but never an urban geographer?

This is a bold-faced lie.

Removing development requirements only ensures greater profits (& often higher land value). It does NOT lower prices!

The way to lower prices is to MANDATE IT. And weird (but understandable) to see Garcetti carrying our flag.

#AB2097 eliminates the lone (paltry, flawed but better than nothing) optional inclusionary zoning policy (around transit stops) that exists for the 99% of CA cities.

Calling this a win for equity is insulting.
Aug 27, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
Won't someone do something a/b those NIMBYs at the Federal Reserve? They've done it again! 🙃

Zoning is & always has been a red herring. Wall Street determines when, where, how & what type of housing gets built. Been this way for 40+ years. #YIMBY

bloomberg.com/news/articles/… If it's not already in construction, it is in trouble.

And even if it is in construction, numbers might require some significant adjustment.

Don't believe me. Ask any developer.
Aug 27, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
“Blackstone Prepares A Record $50 Billion To Snap Up Real Estate During The Coming Crash”

The market at work.

Anyone who says we can build our way out of it needs their head examined or is a real estate industry lobbyist.

Again: #ItsTheSpeculationStupid
zerohedge.com/markets/blacks… This is our new reality.

Homes are being bought by private equity firms WHILE they’re in construction.

Entities crowdfund w/small investors throughout America to buy apt bldgs in gentrifying n’hoods.

Everything short of strong anti-speculation policy is just messing around.
Aug 11, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
Great story a/b DC 11th Street Bridge Park Ive loosely followed for yrs. Spotlights the challenge of bringing necessary infrastructure in gentrifying city in hypercommodified housing era.

Sad fact: any such improvement for marginalized residents can lead to their displacement /1 We’ve learned this lesson with CrenshawLAX light rail. #DestinationCrenshaw & Rail-to-River look to be just as bad.

There’s so much political support for these projects & nearly none for challenging the speculative real estate reality we live in. #ItsTheSpeculationStupid
Aug 6, 2022 9 tweets 3 min read
Anyone surprised gentrifiers/colonizers/settler urbanists don’t like policies that keep the long-term residents in place & housing costs low? 🤷🏾‍♂️

YIMBY opposition to vacancy control is among the most revealing evidence of their racist urban cleansing agenda.
🧵 Image YIMBY say the market will build for our need, it just needs to be freed. If that’s the case keeping existing residents/low costs in place should at worst be irrelevant to new production, or at best would spur new development since newcomers would require new places to live.
Jun 13, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
Speaking of reparative, we’re going to be seeking to define “reparative housing plan” for Black people in California as part of recommendations that go to the State Reparations Task Force.

(Trust me YIMBY ain’t gonna like it.) #SelfDetermination /1 The point I emphasize in every reparations convo on housing don’t just think a/b the cash: regulations can be far more widespread & quickly implemented.

As an example even if you gave every Blk person $250,000 for down payment on a house: in Crenshaw the homes now go for $1M. /2
Jun 12, 2022 9 tweets 2 min read
Kate has been tweeting criticisms of YIMBY 4 the past few days highlighting that massive fraud w/a lot of the material thats been shared previously. Whats noticeable in the replies & QT beyond just the yt bro responses, is the glee they express in piling on. 🧵 You’ll get a familiar eye-roll from everyone who criticizes YIMBY here: be they quiet academics, housing justice activists, or the few courageous politicians. Folks accustomed to robust debate on public policy on the left will say it’s unlike anything they’ve ever experienced. /2
Jun 12, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
And they balk when we point out they’re just the latest in a long history of racist land grabbers

“I’m not a colonizer! I just want to remake this occupied urban core of BIPOC to cater to me w/housing only folk like me can afford, & take homes of/price out/current residents.” /1 Colonialism, Trail of Tears, urban renewal & now YIMBYism. Each were/are violent interventions to remake/replace marginalized communities/ppl. The toxic energy #DensityBros exude online is a mere feature of a patriarchal white supremacist org & Manifest Destiny ethos.
Mar 3, 2022 9 tweets 4 min read
Yea I saw this list & was like: 5 mins ago working class & moderate income folks could buy a home w/a pool in Chino Hills.

Chino Hills median home price in 2012 was $370k ($453K in 2022 dollars).

That these places have become expensive (& how) is a the story. /1 I always saw Cerritos as a working class API town (some folks who owned & worked the counter at the beauty shops, nail salons, liquor stores in SoCntralLA ironically).

Weird to any1 who has been here more than a min to lump these cities in same bag as Palos Verdes Estates. /2
Mar 2, 2022 8 tweets 4 min read
Expect a lot to be made of this. But it remains unfortunately simplistic (zoning in Malibu has nothing to do with educational outcomes in South Central), & misses the opportunity to provide a racial impact frame in the context of the current housing market & policy discussion. /1 What has occurred (& regrettably (through my very quick skim of the report) is @oandbinstitute has fallen in the trap of focusing on exclusionary zoning & not exclusionary communities. This framing is the product of loads of RE industry $$$/YIMBY to reshape the housing debate. /2
Dec 17, 2019 16 tweets 13 min read
So lets talk a/b the complexities of "buy the block" & its liberal application and invocation of Nipsey Hussle's name, especially when claiming such is "anti-gentrification" or what Nipsey was doing.

This article has been making the rounds. A thread. /1

la.curbed.com/2019/12/12/209… First a point: Black ownership does not equal anti-gentrification. Two tenant clinics per month are operated out of @CrenshawSubway's @TheUmojaCenter most of the complaints tenants make r against mom-and-pop landlords. This is a not so quiet secret out there. /2
Oct 7, 2019 14 tweets 10 min read
Going thru Dem presidential candidate housing platforms

Does anyone seek 2 severely regulate/ban big investors (private equity/foreign wealth) or small (flippers) that are manipulating the housing market?

Do they even provide lip-service?

Let’s see...

#ItsTheSpeculationStupid Let’s start w/the currently considered gold standard: @BernieSanders #HomesForAll

Sum talk a/b Wall Street investors but is his proposed solution strong enuf?

Also, he’s unfortunately in the blanket upzoning camp so w/flipper tax isn’t that 1 step fwd but 2 steps back?