An international corporation opens a hotel in a local community, and the local government is cooperative in this endeavor with permits, tax breaks, etc.
If it doesn't work out, the corporation writes off it's losses and the city gets another empty building.
So what to do? Open a homeless shelter, because it already has beds and bathrooms.
What will be the effect on the residents in the area near the proposed homeless shelter? No one cares except the residents.
Maspeth is not an area of wealthy or politically connected people. It is an area of middle-class, working people. The perception lately is that there has been an increase in crime.
There also has been an increase in people living on the streets, parks and areas along the Long Island Expressway near the Holiday Inn that the city wants to turn into a homeless shelter.
Taxpaying corporation leaves, taxpayers make up the loss. City solves homeless problem, in part, over objections from residents. Corporation wins, city wins, homeless win.
But with winners come losers. Losers get something they don't want and have to pay for it.