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“It ain't gonna suck itself.”
Since: Nov 12
#1 Feb 2, 2014
Back when we were youngsters... my brother and I rented an apartment in a brand new construction HUD condo development. It was a white guilt social experiment. They'd let "income qualified" ethnic families buy the upstairs/downstairs units for the cheap, and the idea is they'd live upstairs and rent out the downstairs and the rent would pay the mortgage. The idea being that a shittum family would get a home and an income stream from renters and this would empower them and teach them responsibility yada yada yada.
A wonderful pipe dream.
It actually sorta worked for most of the white trash and Puerto Rican families... but the blacks were just hopeless. The blacks were only about 25% of the total, but that was more than enough to doom the entire project to miserable failure.
First off... the blacks never got renters... they just instantly moved friends and other family into the "income property", and never a dime of rent was paid... of course.... so the mortgages went unpaid... of course.
Next... the blacks just tore shit up. Each unit came equipped with a lovely little patch of backyard... complete with a little iron BBQ, a wooden picnic table, three wooden Adirondack chairs, and a little wood toolshed. The blacks smashed up all the tables and chairs and burned them in the BBQ... pronto. Within 3 months, not a single table or chair remained. When they exhausted that source of fuel, they disassembled the toolsheds and up in flames went they. Then they smashed the wooden railings off the little wooden decks, and those went in the BBQs... followed by the planks of the decks themselves. Within 6 months, almost every unit was missing the deck... so what you had was a back slider door about 2 and 1/2 feet off the ground. After the decks were gone, they went for the siding. Yes... they tore the siding planks off the condos themselves and up in smoke they went... along with just about anything and everything else they could lay paws on. One day I smelled a horrible acrid smoke smell, and I looked out to see a plastic Big Wheel burning in one of the BBQs... belching a column of black toxic fumes and smoke.
My brother and I took advantage of the cheap rent, and we and had fun watching the monkeyshines for about two years... and then we had to punch out... shit had just gone downhill so bad that all of the residents with a sliver of decency and self-respect were either gone or packing to go.
The project became a complete eyesore and an embarrassment. They condemned the entire neighborhood after about 5 years, kicked everybody out, and bulldozed the place flat... swept it under the proverbial rug.
All that was left of Creekside Meadows last I saw it was a bunch of bare cement foundation slabs in a meadow beside a creek. A creek choked with malt liquor bottles, and a half-burned Big Wheel.
Heartwarming tale of minority empowerment, huh?
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