I recall visiting my grandparents in the 1960’s. They lived in the Bronx. It was the big city, but to my ten year old eyes it seemed like a nice area. I had an Uncle that lived in New Jersey. We spent a lot of time on the Cross Bronx Expressway.
Fifteen years later I traveled on the Cross Bronx Expressway and couldn’t believe the change. Traveling north thru the Bronx is seemed everything to the right (southeast) was a dead zone, Tenement after tenement appeared to be mere shells. The only cars on the streets were stripped hulks. The scene was reminiscent of Berlin in 1945.
I found out later that New York City was the largest landlord in the City.
New York City Mayor De-Blasio has floated a trial balloon. He has announced plans to seize the properties of “problem landlords.” The story at the link.
The most grievous offender purveying sub-par housing, according to the Wall Street Journal, is De-Blasio’s own New York City Housing authority.
Here are examples of the housing provided by the City.
This exercise poses the question. How can the City of New York seize properties from itself?
For another example of cradle to grave government paternalism at work check out an Indian reservation.