Letters to the Editor
To The Editor:
Amanda Kludts article, Closings & change for Lil Italy vets (news article, Jan. 21- 27), puts a human face on the escalating commercial rents. This has been going on for decades and across the city. I recall a desperate storeowner on Grand St., near Jackson St., placed a pleading placard in his window stating: My rent was $1,200. Now the landlord is demanding $6,000. Please help me. Contact Mayor Koch. He vacated shortly afterwards.
Readers may be interested to understand that the decisions and attitudes of the landlords and real estate leaders are, to a very large degree, determined by the consciousness of the masses. The hardened materialism (whatever the market will bear), greed, selfishness, callous indifference, cruelty, etc., are a mirror reflection of the values, attitudes and priorities of the masses.