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Brooklyn activist: Carmelo Anthony is “our hero” for dropping support of controversial building project

New York’s hero. America’s hero.

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Whether it be dominating the world on the on the basketball courts of Rio or standing up to injustice here at home, Carmelo Anthony has consistently kicked ass this summer. And Big Daddy Knick shows no signs of stopping any time soon.

Melo had been set to contribute money for the sports center of the Bedford-Union Armory project in Brooklyn, but pulled out of the deal amid concerns that the new apartment complex would price locals out of their neighborhood.

Bertha Lewis, the founder of the Black Institute who led a concerted effort to get Melo to drop out of the project, was elated: “Carmelo is our hero.”

The Armory project has come under serious fire in recent months, according to Erin Durkin:

“Half the rental apartments at the armory site will be designated as affordable housing, but opponents say they’ll still be too expensive for local residents — with most of them going to families making about $99,600 for a family of four.”

Everybody knows how difficult it can be to rent an affordable apartment in much of New York. Here’s to Melo for recognizing the problem, and for playing no part in making it worse.

#StayMe7o, Brooklyn.

Quotes courtesy of the Daily News.