Posted: Aug 17, 2006 7:40 am
I haven't quite figured out the funding cycles/circles yet (I'm leaving that to Hemant and that's why he's getting my campaign donations), but the code thing, which I feel is integrally related to crime goes down like this--at least in my experience, and, if you've heard this before, sorry to bore you, but it still irks me to this day, as nothing has changed in the last 8 years that I have been paying attention to this stuff. In fact, it has gotten much worse, comically even--despite the awesome efforts of Judge Potter in the environmental court, a virtual army of one--but, I digress...Here's the deal: as told to me 2nd-hand when we were intimately working with the city on fixing a most-assuredly fucked neighborhood...the man in charge of enforcing code (look under Director of Neighborhoods...this man is now retired, and he was the good guy--happened to be a black man) would not do so on a poor neighborhood because of the fear of backlash from poor people in the complaints-turned-into-negative votes dept. "We can't just all of a sudden enforce code wholesale. People will go nuts." Well, this is what you get from an administration with no political spine to enforce code. The people who suffer the most are the people lemissa talks about--the ones most invested in their neighborhood who have watched as slumlords get free reign and their property values (& most usually in these cases, their life savings are in their property) diminish. This is (one of many reasons) why Herenton has to go. He has no interest in (fixing) these neighborhoods. The only excuse I allow him is that Rout bankrupted the city by giving well-heeled developers free reign on extending city services by developing further east at discounted rates for too long and causing the city to be unable to afford to cover all the new areas with services. While this is history at this point, he could be doing much more if he weren't so distracted doing...actually, does anyone know what he has been doing?????
Fixing this problem would take a minor spine and major interest in the city. Short run pain for long run gain for the whole city as well as for the black & white (& whoever) property owners. Fuck these lame slum lords. Take their property in tax court and re-sell it to MIFA or the Community Foundation.
Hire 400 more police/inspectors and put them on every bad corner working the problem areas 24/7 for 2 years. (16 million dollars for a payback of 50 million or more in property value increases as well as a much safer city) The lazy-ass criminals will move to places like Tipton County so fast it will make Memphis wheels spin. Could make a great triple 6 video...Shit, Willie, how tough could it be to do this?????