Thursday, January 13, 2011

More bad ideas

The news in Trenton is just so weird and upsetting these days, and with limited time at the computer, I don't know where to start when I feel like bitching. Luckily, some of my fellow local bloggers are so involved and on top of all the happenings here* that they work out a lot of my frustration for me. However, the story about 36 homes on Walnut Avenue (and environs) going to a developer for $36 kinda has me rattled, as a city resident who lives a few blocks away from Walnut. The developer, SR Development Enterprises, plans to turn the properties into — go figure — low income housing.

Walnut Avenue, with its firebombings and drug dealers and abject poverty really can't get much worse, but I cannot see how any good can come of this plan to bring even more vulnerable (at best) people to one of the city's worst neighborhoods. How can more poor people be a good idea when Trenton has scant employment options? How can more poor people be a good idea when Trenton has some of the worst schools in the state; schools that already fail our existing population? How can more poor people be a good idea when low income housing already exists in abundance, and it's already filled with and attracts and/or nurtures— I'm sorry to say — an antisocial personality type?

Trenton is failing all of its residents — the poor as well as those with options — and loading the East Ward up with more people without resources or options will only create more poverty and despair.

I'm no municipal planner, but rather just a dummy with windows facing Walnut Avenue, and I think if any of our elected officials could see half of what I see (which isn't even that much), everyone would agree with me: we don't need any more low income housing. Since there seems to be no common sense in this idea, it's caused people to look for ulterior motives on the part of the Mack Administration, and go figure: SR Development Enterprise's parent company shares a mailing address with company that made a $6000 donation to Tony Mack's campaign back in May. Read the story here.

How many more bad ideas can Tony Mack try to implement? I urge our city council members to vote down this proposal. And, in the meantime, Tony, I'm still urging you to resign.


* I'd like to give a shout-out today to blogger Robert Chilson and activist Jim Carlucci for their fantastic dirt digging skills regarding the inexperienced IT company, Lynx, who's in a position to win a costly contract from the city. Read more on Chilson's blog, here.


Captain Har said...

The last thing Trenton need is more low income housing. This is part of the problem with Trenton now, it is one big entitlement mecca. We should be looking for ways to grow our tax base. I for one am not going to hang around much longer to see my mortgage go up another $100.00 a month because our tax base keeps shrinking.

Lost in the Supermarket said...

Yikes! Trenton finds new and creative ways to suck. I don't think luxury homes are the answer, but there has to be a better way. The payoff element is just typical in NJ politics. It's open air bribery when it comes to campaign contributions. It's transparent in the fact that the contributions are public, but there is a stench that political decisions are being bought and paid for.

Anonymous said...

The solution to a shrinking tax base is to shrink it further by building even more low income, non-taxable housing! That's not a bad idea. That's Macktastic! PS...I eagerly await your blog entries. Please write more often.

Anonymous said...

Sell the dang house and "git",you got 4 months (take a 10% loss if you have to,SELL SELL)
you won't like it in T-town with .gov tit shrank down 50%

Just don't come out here(we are putting up border guards in 3 months),...Trenton refugee in South Dakota
in art and labor

Robert Elliott Chilson said...

Yea and paying kids to come to council meetings and lie about their residence and tell sobb stories about living in Trenton for 24 years when they actually live in MT. Holly so you can tug at council's heart is sad.