Key informant 6: The economy has really affected this community. We see more and more people coming in for the soup kitchens and more people in attendance at church. There have even been people who come in and ask for money, donations, and other charity (personal communication, E.V., Secretary, Eastchester Presbyterian Church, March 1,2011). Key informant 7: Some businesses are closing down but not many. The bar across the street, Papi Nice, has only been open five to six months. I’m not sure how they pay the rent but no one ever goes in there. The last business that was in that same spot before was also a bar and obviously it closed down (personal communication, Linda, Farenga Brothers Funeral home, March 10, 2011). Key informant 8: I do not believe the economy has affected the community. We are seeing a continuous increase in our businesses and getting new registrations daily (personal communication, M.L., Fancy Feet, March 10, 2011). Key informant 9: People lose their homes, but it is like everywhere in the US, some people lost their jobs and could not afford the mortgage. The economy is getting better because they had an
Community Health Assessment: Laconia 72 increase in membership in the Martial Art Academy from 200 to 300 members (personal communication, L.A., March 3, 2011). Key informant 10: Yes it has, people lost their jobs and then lost their homes. It is a shame, my neighbor lost his job, then the bank took the house and he had to move to Brooklyn to live in his brother’s basement. He was one of the unfortunate ones. I thank god that I did not lose my job or my house, this whole thing is crazy. The banks cheated people of their entire savings by giving them loans which they couldn’t afford (personal communication, Earl, resident, March 3, 2011). Key informant 11: Foreclosures affect the community and it’s residents negatively obviously. Abandoned properties can lead to a problem with increased slotters, drug users, rats and all types of other different issues. The closing up of shops and businesses, it’s always better to have a business occupied with the right people of course than to have it just sitting there empty. When a building is vacant, you’re more likely to have problems (personal communication, Mr. Warneke, March 4, 2011). Key informant 12: Honestly this is the Bronx, and most of the people that live here are employed by small businesses. The Laconia neighborhood area has lot of union people and they were definitely affected by this due to the lack of work. For non-union people, it may not have affected them as much (personal communication, Mr. Thompson, March 4, 2011). Key informant 13: The economic downturn has resulted in increased crimes. A lot of people are being robbed while waiting for the bus or walking from the train stations. The increased bus fares frustrates a lot of consumers, and a lot of people sneak on to the bus from the rare door to avoid paying the fare (personal communication, J. R., March 5, 2011).
Community Health Assessment: Laconia 73 Key informant 14: The economic downturn has affected a number of businesses in the Laconia community. One of my colleagues owned a travel agency on E. Gun Hill area which closed during the recession (personal communication, S. G., March 5, 2011).
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