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« on: March 04, 2017, 12:25:32 pm »

Yep. People will say this isn't a big deal but it is actually making life worse for people in a small way and it's part of what will undoubtedly become a larger trend.

Because of third world immigration and homelessness (two problems that are very much connected), New York City lacks a lot of amenities that other cities have. Public bathrooms had to be closed. Not as many businesses offer wifi. Public parks close at night. Supermarkets close at 8 or 9pm because they can't afford to pay people due to high rents.

Clearly you're familiar with a different New York City than I. First off, the case for linking "third world immigration" (see also: my post responding to CountryClassSF on AAD) with homelessness is extremely tenuous, to put it mildly. A majority of the homeless in NYC are black (i.e.: not immigrants), and an overwhelming majority street homeless. The proportion of Hispanics is broadly in line with their share of the overall city population.

Obviously, there's a homeless problem, and it's been getting worse in recent years. If you were acquainted with the actual New York, you'd know about those kiosks they put up last year at which the homeless setting up camp and watching porn until they blocked the websites, and now they've basically been disabling them except for emergency use. The street homeless seem to be getting more aggressive, and while it's still not as bad as San Francisco, it's likely "progressive" interests will continue to work against enforcement of existing laws. Again, this doesn't have much to do with migration!

But what really struck was the claim that groceries close at 8-9pm (!), which bears no relation to my experience; the two groceries nearest to me are open 24/7 and others are open until 10-12. I also don't get what high commercial rents have to do with homelessness.
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