Sunday, February 19, 2017
A Big Question for City Hall...
By Thornton Crowe
Mayor Jake Day and his group have forward this affordable housing deal to Salisbury citizens under this guise of gentrification of our flailing downtown without looking at some particulars which is alarming to say the least.
As many know, the two-hour free lot as well as the lots behind the Cannon Building and District court were all sold for a pittance to a local developer for this housing but one thing Day hasn't answered is this:
Where is everyone going to park?
Claiming he only had to provide half a parking space (per person) to residents as per his comments in a meeting last week, it is unsettling that Day fails to see that everyone working at the courts as well as litigants also have park downtown five days a week! With the city leasing the top floor of the parking garage and the county having parking behind the government building, that leaves very little left for people who need to be downtown for court business, much less workers or shoppers.
Furthermore, they claim it's to bolster business in the area through eateries and the like... where are those workers and patrons going to park? Mars?
Imagine during the winter months when its dark before court recesses and you're going up the stairwells in the lone parking garage? Is this safe? Does that make you a target for crime? Absolutely. Hence, this big plan was not thoroughly thought out.
A good friend always used to tell me that IQ doesn't necessary correlate into Common Sense. I'd say Jake Day is a perfect example of exactly what he was talking about. It doesn't take an Oxford education to see the myriad of issues and potential unnecessary danger posed to people working and patronizing the downtown area yet, it seems to be missed completely by the political bourgeois at City Hall.
How can the downtown become a place where people want to gather and spend money when they're put in harm's way? Common Sense dictates Section 8 housing has never been known for being safe. Look at any of those 'areas' in Salisbury and you'll find crime is a regular smorgasbord to get the clue on that one. However, Day continues to bury his head in the sand and pimp this balderdash about crime being down in Salisbury. Mind you, his argument is based on failure to report by our local media more than actual fact seen through the police reports shown here on Salisbury News.
So, Mayor Day, how say you? What are you going to do with all the people who need to drive their cars to the inner city for business? It's not like you have a subway system... so what say you?
at 2/19/2017 06:00:00 AM