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.