and Social Problems
Forced Upon Tenants
Urban infrastructures, social planning, city codes, federal and state laws are, in most places, maliciously and willfully designed to oppress the tenant class of humanity through an unofficial system of general ineqaulity. This occurs because the so-called "democratic" process is skewered in favor of people with driveways, who run our governments.
- denial of tax shelter to tenants - Let's say I am the kommandant of this camp and I form two lines. All of you who make enough money to invest a little in real estate stand on one side. You shall be permitted economic survival and growth. The rest of you stand over there. Since you have LESS income and thus cannot afford to invest in real estate, I am going to tax you MORE. In fact I am going to tax you profoundly more. That way I can assure that you will have even less chance that you will ever be able to experience the joy of owning real property.
It sounds like some sort of economic Auschwitz. Yet the masses of tenants have forever cowtowed to to this fundamentally unfair design built right into our income tax system. (more later)
- lack of parking and exploitation of parking victims - Burgeoning inner city neighborhoods like Capitol Hill in Denver suffer a severe shortage of parking daily from late afternoon until sunrise the next day. The problem typically becomes acute around 8pm when most tenants want to be at home. Tenants who eat out or go to clubs or work late come home to neighborhood streets packed with block after block of parked cars. They are forced to circle round and round, thus adding to traffic and pollution while wasting precious personal time. Tenants who need to go to the grocery store at 8 or 9pm will often forego the necessity simply because they know they will lose their street parking if they leave. Those arriving home as late as 10pm or 11pm might have to circle the neighborhood for as long as an hour or more trying to park legally. Only tenants who can afford leases with offstreet parking are spared this nightly misery.
The City of Denver Parking Control Division has been all too happy to exploit parking victims through increased ticketing. They usually have their ticketers out roving the Hill at all hours including the dead of night at 3am. Those tenants who, with no other alternative, park on private lots adjacent to businesses, typically find their vehicles have been towed. Capitol Hill is prime territory for mercenary towtruck operators who often violate speed limits with their big well-maintained beefy rigs, speeding around trying to fill maximum tow quotas nightly.
Is it a mere coincidence or an inescapable problem that tenants must endure such brutal parking shortages? Hardly! These problems exist by deliberate design and by incompetent city government. City government is directly responsible for the severe parking problems of inner city tenants. City government has little or no interest in solving such probem because they prefer to exploit the problem to enrich city coffers through ticketing. And most members of any city government have off-street parking and own their own homes. Why should they care? All of this points out yet another burden of feudalism that poor to middle class tenants are forced to experience through the direct expense of time and tribute paid. To make matters worse, crowded parking conditions are a prime cause of scratches, dings and fender benders at all hours.
It is the moral responsibility of city planners and engineers to govern the relationship between parking demand and supply. Obviously they cannot increase the size of most streets. Instead they should be buying lots on every other block to constuct free public parking. They will tell you that they cannot afford such a solution because they would rather keep the burden where it lies, upon lower and middle class tenants Residential parking permits may have some limited value. But the real problem is excess parking demand created by unplanned growth. City government has depended on the gullibility of lower and middle class tenants to keep paying unjust tickets and to do without parking and evening trips to the grocery store. Tenants must put pressure upon city government to calculate fair parking quotas and to build public off-street parking. TenantRights.Net has not yet learned whether landlords building additions and new housing are legally required to build offstreet parking. In any case we must not allow new construction that does not provide at least one offstreet parking space for each new tenant plus some spaces for a reasonable number of visitors.
- excess traffic - The influx of new residents to inner city neighborhoods, namely Capitol Hill in Denver, brings a dramatic rise in traffic along with aggressive driving and competition for scarce parking. Typical drivers, unlike the drivers of the 1980s and early 1990s, also drive faster. It is both a difference in social attitude among newcomers as well as a practical means to switch lanes in crowded traffic. It was only a few years ago that traffic on Capitol Hill was relatively laid back and civil.
This new level of traffic has brought back increases in pollution such as ozone.
- poor ventilation - (a problem in most low budget apartments).
- air pollution: Polution levels along one way streets are often oppressive, toxic and dangerous in many cities. Here in Denver the problem is often acute in areas like Capitol Hill.
- odor pollution: Low income areas are dumping grounds for harmless but smelly and nauseating industry smells. Many industries dump into the atmosphere at night to avoid accountability. TenantRights.Net will identify some of the stinkiest odor violators who have made life hell for tenants in east Denver for decades. One of them is National Byproducts, a processor of animal slaughter byproducts. Another is Purina. (Eventually we will post some photos).
- wood burning: Cities that allow woodburning in densely overpopulated neighborhoods make life misery for anyone in proximity, especially seniors and people with respiratory problems. The city of Denver won't enforce it. Many people suffer as a result. (More later).
- inadequate vacancies - (This problem has abated greatly in many areas since year 2001 but could reoccur at any time.) Market conditions and social engineering have created massive demand for rental housing in economic growth zones such as Denver and San Fransisco, by new tenants arriving in search of higher paying tech jobs. Social engineers are largely to blame for allowing a mathematical imbalance between jobs and housing. Local government licensing, sanctioning and promotion of major new industry construction places a profoundly immoral burden upon tenants when the same governments do lttle or nothing to guarantee the construction of housing at a rate parallel or in excess of industrial growth. If local governments cannot or will not allow sufficient housing growth, then conscience dictates they can and must place hard limits on industrial growth. There needs to be laws defining a specific number of housing units that must be built well in advance of anchoring major new employers. This is not to say that such employers are a problem. It is merely to say that someone is responsible to assure that a reasonable portion of industry revenues are utilized to sustain and increase housing.
Social engineers should calculate an ideal residential vacancy rate for all communities if they have not already done so a million times. Inadequate vacancy rates should not be tolerated by tenants nor by government leaders. Those leaders who have done little or nothing to assure adequate and timely rental housing while vigorously promoting new industry should be actively ousted from office or never reelected.
Inadequate vacancies place a very real and tremendously harmful social burden upon the poor and working poor while lowering the quality of life for all but the cozy upper classes. The burden of inadequate vacancies is most profound on the lower paid working classes, people in difficult transitions and the homeless.
- economic cleansing - The concept of the "good consumer" and the "good tenant" has in fact been a brutal, vicious and malicious assault upon the poor, the working poor, the do-it-yourselfer, and the improvisational citizen. Excess tenants with inadequate vacancies to choose from must strive harder to please the landlords of upswing good times, who offer their vacancies with snobbish impunity. toward all but the most qualified. The moral validity of such a modus operandi is akin to the Nazi concept of genetic superiority - "Only the strong survive" - and hence has been called "economic cleansing".
Economic cleansing has never admitted its agenda to dispossess the lower classes. Yet it has industriously done so under the thinly veiled falsehoods that are both negligent and fiercely deliberate. Landlords of inner city communities have led vociferous campaigns to gentrify neighborhoods into tony well manicured almost-gated communities, all the while spouting flag waving garbage and lies about the glorious diversity of these same communities where, in most cases, they don't even live. Their concept of development is based upon a model that supplies them with revenue and tax shelter by means of making existing properties more attractive to higher paying tenants. They have no motivation to do anything to increase the actual quantity of housing. It is in fact in their interest to manipulate the vapid dearth of vacancies for greed. This is not to say that all landlords are evil or greedy. (I know several that are very good) But today's social engineers, gullible tenants, and myopic cult of personal financial gain has led to a fascist economic goose-step that cares not for its victims.
Much more to come!