In response to A Viewer Writes: Not the same town I grew up in:
Before ECI was built, many residents raised caution about having a maximum security institution in the area but all the legislators yammered about more jobs for the community. Look what element it brought with it. You have the inmates' families and 'homeys' coming down from large cities to be close for 'visitors' days' and then you wonder why things fell apart? Really? Seriously, were the jobs really worth the headaches brought to the area? You be the judge.
Salisbury residents were also warned in the Eighties by an economics professor (whose name escapes me) at Salisbury State University (at the time) about the price the area would pay should local government continue to not foster businesses in the area and encourage new business. This is around the time when many companies in town experienced strikes which led to many losing their jobs (lifelong in some cases with nice pensions until...) He said in his op-ed that Salisbury couldn't just depend on one or two big businesses, but must keep companies like Chris Craft and others because they were the bedrock of our community. Yet, nobody listened.
He warned should landlords continue to foster mass rentals in the City limits, the rental class would slowly dissolve the neighborhoods and then the town. The reason was because there is a vast difference between renters and homeowners when it comes to pride and care for one's dwellings. This we've seen is abundantly clear should you walk down College Avenue between Camden and Riverside Drive. How many times have you seen garbage cans sit out on the street for days because no one from Rinnier comes by and pull the trash dumpsters back to the side of their rental houses where four to five college students live? How many times have you seen broken beer bottles liter the sidewalks after they've had parties or had your front light destroyed in retaliation for turning the noisy students into the college for discipline?
The same economist also warned about becoming a retirement community for the Northern folks who could come live here much cheaper would come with their demands for equal infrastructure to those cities, would literally break the City's bank. Why? Because while these new residents pay taxes for property, they don't have income taxes like young workers. Hence, he warned the tax revenue would go down while tax paid demands would escalate. And as we've seen, he's absolutely correct.
Now, you have the young professionals moving away right after graduation because the area has high rent (due to landlords raping them while in college with said rents requiring four to five people living in a house), no jobs in the area of merit and a dilapidated infrastructure City Hall refuses to address, while opting for fancy plans about low income housing in the downtown area. Hence, you lost your most promising wage earners under the guise that progress was being made for the area when in fact, you scared them away!
Therefore, Salisbury was warned that should it take certain paths it would lead to the city's destruction. The leaders at the time chose to ignore it and just careen towards these end results with eyes wide shut. You voted for these leaders election after election without paying any attention to the metamorphous of their legislative and attitude changes which didn't happen overnight.