Hey deB: If you build the jail, invest in Mott Haven
Walter Nash, a Concord Avenues resident stands otuside of his behind the to-be-built jail land. Schneps Media/ Alex Mitchell
BY ALEX MITCHELL
For the city to pursue its widely
criticized plan to erect a 24-story jail
in Mott Haven there must be signifi -
cant economic investment made into
the borough to offset this severe disinvestment
in a community that’s struggled
for many years.
What Mott Haven needs from the
city are positive investments in housing,
community centers, alternatives
to incarceration where individuals
will come out less likely to commit a
crime rather than be scarred for life,
just to name a few.
Diego Beekman Mutual Housing
put together an area study that determined
that Mott Haven’s East 138th
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Street to be a food desert.
The local stakeholders wanted to
build a supermarket on the property
where the jail is set to go at 320 Concord
Avenue. Instead the community
is getting a skyline make over - the
tallest building in the neighborhood,
So NYC, what can you do for this
community? What sort of investments
are you willing to make to improve
their quality of lives when they to endure
a face-to-face future with a jail
only two blocks from the area’s lone elementary
I’m sure that many community
leaders in Mott Haven would be willing
to meet at the Betances Community
Center next to St. Mary’s Park,
after all that’s where details of the
community’s unwelcomed addition
Is it too much to simply repair the
jagged streets along Bruckner Boulevard?
How about investing in the
schools surrounding the jail? Perhaps
even keep necessary affordable housing
in good condition?
Those are just the ‘nuts and bolts’
we’re talking about here.
This is not to say that Rikers Island
shouldn’t be closed down and replaced
with healthier, smarter approaches to
criminal justice. This is simply saying
that by trying to help the city the
Bronx is once again being hurt.
We can’t stand for that kind of culture
anymore, our borough deserves more
and despite this enormous setback, the
city government has an opportunity to
provide the Bronx with assets and funding
that it has been neglected.
After all NYC, you found the billions
of dollars to build the Mott Haven’s