Fuck You, house flippers.
I’m listening to a dude talk to two contractors about buying several properties in my neighborhood with the purpose of flipping them. I want to run over there and tell them to go to hell.
Like many cities across the US, Somerville, MA has fallen victim to gentrifiers and house flippers. Homes that look like shit are going for 1.5 million (which is the quote I heard from Mr. Contractor). These are homes that have no parking spots and no garages. My city is unaffordable. Long time residents are unwillingly leaving for the suburbs or New Hampshire. I spoke to a grocery store clerk who cried because she was born and raised in Somerville. She was leaving for New Hampshire because her property taxes were unaffordable on a grocery workers salary.
M and I were very lucky. We managed to buy the first floor of a house after renting in Somerville for ten years. Our rent had been jacked up to mortgage type money and we decided to take the plunge. Our place is tiny. Super small but we wanted to stay in the community. 🐰 is making friends with kids whose parents are looking to the suburbs because they are being pushed out of their homes. No one wants to leave but what do you do when the only place you can find to rent is $3,000-4,000 K for a two bedroom apartment?
I’m angry that developers and contractors are getting rich while poor and middle class people are getting pushed out of our city. That isn’t even taking account of POC who work minimum wage jobs. Want to make this country great? Give people affordable housing and let folks stay in their homes.