Tweets from the Front: Affordable Housing in Forest Hill

Diego Aguilar-Canabal
Friday, December 16, 2016

Last night, local residents met at the Forest Hill Christian Church for an informational session on a proposed 150-unit apartment building for low-income seniors. The non-profit developer Christian Church Homes, along with a representative from the mayor's Department of Homelessness & Supportive Services, fielded questions from an often hostile audience over a tense two hours.

Webmaster Sonja Trauss and I reported the meeting live on Twitter, so rather than recap at length, I thought it best to offer highlights from our play-by-play coverage.

Some important fact checks:

  • Joe Bravo, a lawyer and landlord who has evicted tenants in the Mission, objected to one comment pointing out the neighborhood's history of discrimination. "Not since the '30s," he scoffed. In 1957, the iconic baseball player Willie Mays almost had his home purchase revoked in Forest Hill after furious opposition from nearby residents. After racist threats were thrown through their window, Mays and his wife sold their house at 175 Miraloma and returned to New York.

  • Many neighbors objected to the proposed project being "too tall" and "a giant in the neighborhood." At six stories, it would be far less of a giant than the ten-story Avalon Sunset Towers just a few blocks away.