Many years ago Princeton University’s basketball team came to Chicago to play the DePaul Blue Demons, coached by Ray Meyer. My husband (a Princeton graduate) and I went off to see the game. Princeton’s slow and deliberate offense was in sharp contrast to the fast break basketball the University of Kentucky plays. It was at UK that I learned what real basketball is about under Adolph Rupp, the man in the brown suit. Do you know the expression – watching wet paint dry? For me, this is exactly what the Princeton game felt like. Out of utter frustration, and before I stopped myself, late in the first half I yelled from the stands, “Shoot the damn ball!” I received a look from the man I was sitting next to in his Princeton cap, my husband, that said, “It is obvious you do not understand the finer points of the game.”
Perhaps I still don’t understand the finer points of what is going on in city government. I am impatient to see for myself what the investigation into wrongdoing, graft, and mismanagement shows. I don’t want to be told by those under investigation what the results say from their auditor or lawyer — the word these days is transparency and nothing less will do. The City Council’s game plan is to try and retain their positions on the team. The matters at hand, however, are a slam dunk and the game buzzer has gone off.
We can’t possibly think about playing this Tarboro housing game under the current management. It isn’t even the right approach to providing affordable housing! No locker room pep talk can negate a loss of trust and confidence in the people who have been masterminding the skullduggery that’s been going on. Why would we let them have another go at it, at the taxpayers’ expense? We must have a new coach and recruits that will create a further tax base, not strap us with a further burden that only benefits those behind the skulduggery curtain.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
Older and historic neighborhoods contribute far more to America today than a sense of evolution and history. Older and historic neighborhoods, unlike any other areas, are providing homes for families from every financial stratum, but particularly for those in need of affordable housing.
I’ve been championing Shotgun housing throughout our historic neighborhoods that are near to the Historic Downtown Center. “People of all income brackets are attracted to historic neighborhoods because of the quality of the housing, because of the investment protection that a local historic district often provides, because there is usually a wide range of housing styles and sizes available, because typically there are citizen activists committed to advocating for the neighborhood, and because there are few tools other than local historic districts that can defend a neighborhood against inappropriate uses, out-of-scale development, low-quality construction, and the encroachment of objectionable uses. Because the number of households looking for neighborhoods with those characteristics exceeds the supply, historic neighborhoods are in high demand. The answer is not to have fewer historic districts – the answer is to provide historic district protections to more neighborhoods.” – Donovan D. Rypkema for the National Trust for Historic Preservation
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