The issue of gentrification in the South Bronx has been a hot issue recently. Those of us who live here and have been living here for a long time have been seeing our community changing right before our eyes.
It seems that people with a lot of money who want to develop areas of the city like the hot real estate in the South Bronx are in total denial of our reality.
Today at Orchard Beach, the Retire 21 Campaign will be on hand during the salsa concert to collect petitions for the retire 21 campaign. The concert is at 1PM with the sounds Nelson Gonzézalez and his All Stars. Dont miss it. Read more: Salsa Concert
Baltimore Orioles COO, John Angelos made some very interesting and quite educational comments on the recent riots in Baltimore. It is very rare to hear people at his level speak on issues of the community and the poor. It is for this reason that I share the following article published for all of my followers to read.
Last Saturday I attended the 25th Annual Somos El Futuro conference up in Albany, New York. This is the first time that I have attended the conference in years. I had gone to the first one twenty-five years ago and had attended them annually.
The lack of Puerto Ricans and Latinos in the New York City mayor’s administration continues to come up as an issue. Unfortunately, it seems that no matter what mayor gets into office Latinos are always shortchanged when it comes to appointments and jobs. Perhaps many were expecting more because Latino’s voted overwhelmingly to elect progressive Bill de Blasio mayor.
As a New York raised Puerto Rican I began to appreciate Puerto Rico’s abundant land that gave so many fruits and food items that I only saw in supermarkets back in the Bronx when I first visited my home island at the age of 16.
Here is one interesting read for those that follow Bronx politics. This appeared in the NY Post on Feb. 9th, 2015 written by JOHN CRUDELE
I have been living here in the Bronx, particularly, the South Bronx since we came here from Puerto Rico in 1956. There was a short period that we were forced to move to Brooklyn when we were thrown out of our apartment on Cauldwell Avenue when my mother got into a fight with the landlords daughter and whipped her silly …
We hear a lot about the islands terrible economy and the mass exodus of islanders that are leaving the island for “Los Nuyores,” or now Florida (Florida has just surpassed New York as the state with the most Puerto Ricans).