that it is. Gentrification of the blighted center of small cities brings new
money, new businesses, new social activities, and perhaps even more cultural
experiences to a struggling city business district that may have been looking
like a ghost town, a rather dumpy ghost town at that.
city into a vibrant neighborhood, or set of neighborhoods, when you repurpose
lovely old 40’s buildings designed for commerce into apartments, town houses
and condos over mixed retail spaces, the results can be quite stunning and
development flows more freely it is not fair to only cater to those who already
have access to life’s pleasures. There should be a way to lift up those who are
not wealthy and give them a place in that regenerated downtown.
pool resources where possible and they have decided that they want to develop a
part of our lakefront, a part that was used as a chemical dump and has now been
covered over and supposedly stabilized. The mayor and the county executive have
decided to locate an amphitheater on that toxic land and they hope it will be
an attraction like the amphitheater at Saratoga Springs, NY. I can picture how
lovely it would be to sit on an emerald green lawn on a summer evening to
listen to or watch wonderful performances, but I think, given our weather, such
perfect evenings would be exceedingly rare.
than there are for why it would be a good one. We have winter or clouds or gray
days for about nine months of every year. It will compete with other venues.
Only that same “gentry” being served by downtown development will be able to
afford to attend the events offered. We don’t have access to enough wealthy
people to support it. Our art museum is floundering. Our wonderful symphony
orchestra which put us on the cultural map for awhile has disbanded and formed again
as a smaller group. Ballet troupes don’t come here anymore. (Mosquitoes… oops
that just slipped out.) Everything cannot be for the wealthiest among us. The
money these two ladies have “found” belongs to all of us not just people who
would pay big taxes if it were not for loopholes.
seems plentiful. We have been pinching pennies here for some time now. The
state wants to give the city/county money if we come up with a worthy project.
The mayor is being quite practical about this. She would like to use it to
update the city’s water delivery systems which are antique and which provide us
with water pipes which regularly burst under our roads and which require
expensive repairs. These are the kind of unsexy repairs which get put off over
and over again because they are not visible above ground, because they cause
frustration and loss of business, and because they don’t directly provide
revenue (although money would be saved).
and dropped by developer after developer is another project that is suddenly
are in the process of voting themselves raises in the neighborhood of $38,000
is it? A little transparency would be nice. Explain exactly where the money
will come from for each of the projects under discussion (including the raises)
and give residents a chance to decide exactly how any money that came from
taxpayers, at any level of government, should be spent.
will benefit from gentrification by targeting a few less “gentry” and mixing in
just a few regular folks.