The Cockroach Awards
If you don't like divisiveness, then don't divide and conquor us!
The following entities are select examples who appear to have committed acts of economic cleansing and other attrocities in disservice to the poor and working poor or may have gone hard against the grain of tenant rights and dignities. This is not to deny that a few of these entities might also have done some small good for the community. But in the opinion of TenantRights.Net these are entities who have done more harm than good. Likewise these entries contain opinions that you are free to disaggree with.
This section is focused on Capitol Hill and Denver but open to other suggested entries from Colorado.
- Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) <DenverGov.org/content/466aboutus.asp> - (web page on City of Denver site)
This operative will be evaluated soon. Currently TenantRights.Net takes a dim view of DURA for what appears to be massive infusion of funds into the upper crust of real estate society and much smaller outlays to any direct benefit of low income residents, especially tenants. DURA has used HUD and other public funds to create upscale housing such as the Denver Dry Lofts, The Bank Lofts, Holtze Executive Place, the Adams Mark Hotel redevelopment and The Rio Grande Building, all of which are to virtually exclusive benefit of upper income citizens. I believe there have been countless high rent yuppie lofts financed through DURA. This placement of DURA in the "Boycott" section may be reversed if significant evidence can be found that DURA has spent a considerable portion of our tax dollars and/or philanthropic resources for poor and low income tenants. What we see is that DURA has used public funds to finance gentrification, sometimes in poor neighborhoods, but only to the capital benefit of landlords. We expect that further evaluation of DURA will continue to be disappointing but we will keep an open mind. On the barely bright side, DURA claims it has invested some $52 million (not much in real estate terms) in federal money "to help more than 14,000 Denver homeowners rehabilitate their homes or make emergency repairs". The reason this does not impress TenantsRights.Net is twofold. 1) This amount would seem to be trifling compared to all the wealthy landlords DURA has enriched with project loans. 2) Were talking about federal money. DURA was established by the City of Denver in 1958.
- Life On Capitol Hill - For years, this tabloid newspaper has spouted malignant flag waiving propaganda glorifying the gentrification of Capitol Hill and gobs of adjacent neighborhoods. It has given copious publicity and staunch support to just about every facade that was ever beautified and every new residential and commercial building that was ever built, condomized, or rebuilt. It has forever run a photo feature called "Eyesore of the Month" designed to ostracize lagging properties that appear poorly manicured. All the while it has devoted comparibly few column inches to any real analysis, or journalistic expose to the topic of inadequate affordable housing. It seems Life On Capitol Hill has feigned blindness to the vast number of economic refugees who had to leave Capitol Hill in a quick hurry for inability to afford the rapid rise in rents. Life On Capitol Hill is a mercenary economic propaganda arm in primary service to landlords and property values. It is a prime leader in promoting the gentrification of Denver's most densely populated inner city neighborhoods. It is a failure of insightful journalism and a traitor to some of the very social causes it pretends to uphold, including most notably "diversity". What this busy-body newspaper really stands for is the diversity of money interests that continually milk tenants. This is not to say that Life on Capitol Hill does not also offer plenty of good interesting content. It is merely to say thet their focus is capitalist to the very core. It is suggested that local retailers should boycott this neighborhood media power-house and invest their hard earned ad vevenue in a diverse assortment of smaller neighborhood publications.
- Triton Properties, Inc. <TritonProperties.com> - Triton wins the "Four Cockroach" award from TenantRights.Net. Although Triton scores an A+ for upgrading facades and properties, they earn an F- for community relations. TenantRights.Net regards Triton as one of the most blatantly insensitive real estate barons to set the pace for economic cleansing on Capitol Hill. We will provide details of Triton's reputation from actual gentrification victims. We will also provide some general Triton history and a complete list of Triton Properties right here.
Don Baily, president
1490 Lafayette Street, Suite 201, Denver, CO 80218
(303) 830-1005 - fax: (303) 830-2012
Much more to come!
TenantRights.Net hopes to have a picture tour documenting displaced people, sidewalk evictions, and some of the legendary gentrifiers who have been most insensitive and ruthless toward tenants upon acquisition of old properties.