We all willingly moved here knowing, as Thom likes to say, and choosing to live in the “Recovery Blocks.” We did not sign on for the Detritus Blocks. Any city official who thinks this is acceptable should come down here with a bus to their own front lawns.
Nimby we are not! We are surrounded by social service agencies and transitional housing projects. They were here long before we were. In ten years we have applauded even the increased efforts to help the lowest 1%. Most of us support the legitimate efforts with time, talent and treasure. What we don’t support is the current city-tolerated gauntlet of trash, dope stench and abuse we have to pass through today just to walk ourselves and our dogs.
Last week we lent out our loft to AirBnB guests. We now have a national posting that the neighborhood is “scary.”
My wife and I are lifelong city people. We know the difference. The poster is right!
Why would the City jeopardize the tax base, the commercial pioneers and the good will of progressive-minded citizens for such an obviously base threat to the established quality of life equilibrium in such a model community??
It’s beyond me!