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Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
The term “pre-Code” refers to a handful of years in the late 1920s and early 1930s after the introduction of sound but before the consistent enforcement of the Hollywood Production Code, when movies were chock-full of naked gangsters shooting up churches and they all had titles like Satan, Let’s Go Dancing and Ten Little Cocaine Dippers and That Jazz Baby’s Loopy Tomorrow not real film titles. Movies were raunchy.
The most effective way to create affordable housing would be to build it, but a Clinton-era federal law prohibits local governments from building any more public housing than they already have. New York City’s public housing system, the largest in the country, has 180,000 apartments, and almost 250,000 people and families on the waiting list for them.
The other obstacle to building more public housing is financial. The New York City Housing Authority is so strapped it can’t even make basic repairs, thanks to the city and state cutting off operating assistance over the last 15 years.
The money is out there. If we assume that building new housing costs $100,000 per unit, levying a $15 billion tax on the city’s two richest residents, David Koch and Michael Bloomberg, would pay for 300,000 apartments, enough to house all 53,000 homeless people, everyone on the NYCHA waiting list, and then some—and still leave the two multibillionaires among the nation’s 25 richest people, ahead of Michael Dell, Paul Allen, and Rupert Murdoch.
That kind of expropriation is unlikely to happen short of a socialist revolution, but a 10-percentage point tax increase on New Yorkers who make more than $10 million a year would bring in a similar sum over the next decade.