Monday, March 6, 2017

Joanie Martinez

Hi Joanie;

I think a podcast on Stabilizing Rent is a very good activist project.   In the first section I was looking for you to focus specifically on the project that you'll be completing this semester.  As I read your proposal it seems to me that what you'll be able to complete this term is the pilot episode.  Am I correct?  I see how you want this to become episodic, which makes sense given all the topics that should be covered, but the one project is the pilot where you set up the series.  Do I have that right?

If that is so, as you refine your work, I'd do so with one episode in mind.  When you do your pitch you might consider giving us the big picture idea (the series and why), then focus on just the first episode, giving specifics and a sense of the tone, the elements included in that episode, and other focused aspects of that first episode, including who will be interviewed, what sounds will be included, etc.  Also tell us about how you'd like to make it available, and who the audience.



  1. "As I read your proposal it seems to me that what you'll be able to complete this term is the pilot episode. Am I correct?"

    As it stands, yes, I will be producing the pilot episode to Stabilizing Rent.

    "...but the one project is the pilot where you set up the series. Do I have that right?"

    Yes, it is. I want the pilot to explain exactly what rent stabilization is, what rent control is, how they came to be and explain why it is beneficial in the grand scheme of the NYC housing marking market.

  2. 1.
    This source expresses the first tenet of the pilot: to definite the different types of rent that NYers engage in. I want to simply the language here to make it easier to understand because even I get frustrated.

    This source goes into how someone may not only attend but how to communicate with the Rent Guidelines Board. This is especially beneficial should I need to attend a RGB meeting.

    This source discusses what rent stabilization is, and explains the benefits of it including protections against landlords. The language is a little muddy and I found my eyes glazing over so I wish in the podcast to make this easier to understand and digest.

    This interactive maps helps to show how many tenants were evicted or at least face the threat of eviction. I really like this map and Pro-publica. Also, it's important to know that a factor in the deterioration of the housing stock comes from deregulation--New York State sets the regulation for The City (which is ludicrous and makes no sense, i.e. Common Sense by Thomas Paine.)

    If 50% of apartments in NYC are rent-stabilized, then it's imperative that renters know their status and more importantly, know their rights and protections.

    Finally, I need to look at this on both sides... So I'm using this as the source. The RSA is a pro-landlord lobby that's looking to deregulate at a feverish pace so that ALL apartments are market rate. It's punctuate by this very slick commercial. It looks benevolent but you have to do digging before you get to the truth.

    A ledger of all the rent increased on rent-stabilized apartments since 1970.


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