As a member of City Beautiful I am appalled at the amount of litter that blows down our street, clogs our gutters, and generally turn our beautiful city into a cesspool. Because of this I will be first to praise anyone stepping up to the plate to address this issue. On Friday, November 9th County Commissioner Henri E. Brooks called a meeting of civic based nonprofits and City officials, including Robert Lipscomb who is the City’s “Go to Man” and Judge Larry Potter of the
Brooks wanted to find out what is being done and what could be done to address the blight that is chocking this City. Many of the nonprofits that were present are involved in housing development and they gave her an ear full. Challenges like getting control of overgrown vacant properties and demolition of abandon houses were on the top of their list. Mr. Lipscomb pointed out that the City had committed $25 million dollars over the next several years to remove thousands of abandon and dangerous houses, but it would benefit all if the County would look at matching these dollars. Representatives from the County government agreed that greater cooperation was needed to deal with blight.
The next day Commissioner Brooks followed that meeting with one at the SMA Citizens’ Center on
If there is going to be a real change in the fight on blight we must start by helping to rebuild civicness in our communities. Neighborhood associations were a cherished commodity at one time, now they struggle to survive.