Thursday, November 30, 2006

Big Real Estate’s Grip (1 Letter)

Published in The New York Times, November 28, 2006

To the Editor:

Re "The (Naked) City and the Undead," by Tom Wolfe (Op-Ed, Nov. 26):

Hurrah to Mr. Wolfe! The real estate industry’s control of our city needs to be revealed more and more on a daily basis.

My own mantra for years has been that it owns the city.

Mr. Wolfe’s article proves the point quite well.

The only aspect unmentioned is the need for affordable housing, another issue the industry has no interest in; no “luxury condos” would be needed to house the middle class in this town, and that seems to be all we see around us.

Among my friends, we find that our college-educated, hard-working children cannot afford to live here.

Judy Wood
New York, Nov. 26, 2006

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