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8 reasons Jimmy McMillan shouldn't be evicted, as told by a former neighbor

The rent is officially way too damn high. Jimmy McMillan, also known as the Rent is Too Damn High candidate for mayor, was served an eviction notice on Jan. 15 at his East Village apartment.

McMillan, 68, pays $872 a month to live in a one-bedroom on St. Mark's and was scheduled to be evicted in February. But the Vietnam War vet has called on Adult Protective Services, the Village Voice reports, citing PTSD, memory loss and other medical issues. So far, he's been able to stay put.

As a former neighbor of McMillan's, I made the customary move from the East Village to Brooklyn last year, thanks to the rent being, well, too damn high. While the pilgrimage over to the bigger borough has become more and more typical over the last few years, McMillan is an East Village staple and the neighborhood would change without him.

1. Jimmy's car

This vehicle is a neighborhood staple! Here it
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This vehicle is a neighborhood staple! Here it is, parked right outside of my favorite bar, St. Dymphna's. Strollers down St. Marks are constantly stopping to Instagram McMillan's decked-out vehicle and he's often seen lingering inside, listening to music and waiting for a spot.

2. He has your back

But really. Jimmy McMillan is passionate about a

But really. Jimmy McMillan is passionate about a cause that affects a huge majority of New Yorkers: rent is expensive! He wants to help change that. Excessively greedy landlords and a lack of affordable housing burdens many New Yorkers and McMillan has put a recognizable face to the cause.

3. He supports local businesses

During my short stint as a barista at
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During my short stint as a barista at an independently owned coffeeshop across from Jimmy's apartment, he was a frequent guest. He was always friendly and made sure to tip -- even though the rent is too damn high. He also often serenaded us, with guitar.

4. He's a celebrity!

I'm not saying that celebrities deserve special treatment
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I'm not saying that celebrities deserve special treatment when it comes to real estate, but McMillan truly is known as a neighborhood celebrity. I'd frequently think pedestrians had spotted my other famous neighbors (John Legend, Amanda Seyfried, Alan Cummings), but they'd actually be shrieking and pointing like crazy people at McMillan. That being said, he was very kind and posed for far too many selfies, to my knowledge.

5. He's a hero

Well, he has his own action figure at
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Well, he has his own action figure at least. St. Marks Comics is down the street but you can't argue with keeping an actual superhero on the block!

6. He's one of the last remaining East Village bohemians

I'll bet you a month of too damn

I'll bet you a month of too damn high rent that McMillan wasn't out playing beer bong during the snow storm, nor has he ever set foot in the 13th Step. In addition to being a Vietnam War vet and a politician, McMillan is also a writer and a recording artist. His presence in the East Village reminds us of better times when bros weren't tossing Miller Light cans across Avenue A.

7. Someone carved a pumpkin like his face

He's an artistic inspiration to us all!
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He's an artistic inspiration to us all!

8. Jimmy McMillan is a cultural meme

If anything is too damn anything, McMillan represents
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If anything is too damn anything, McMillan represents it. Can the face of excessiveness really be barred from his home?

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