...Because we all know that smart, money-wise investors rely on local blogs for their information, they base their investment decisions on our opinions and facts about Pottstown. Savvy investors don’t read the regional news, come to Pottstown to see for themselves or, talk to government officials??
The fact that Pottstown doesn’t have a plan or a vision, (a little scary from an investors point of view), has nothing to do with it when they decline to take a risk in this community, (unless, of course, you’re a slum investor), who knows all they need to know…
Pottstown’s epic, long-term failure is slum investor’s three ring circus (complete with dancing elephants and clowns).
About that “planning” thing: Council Prez Toroney turned his nose straight up at the Urban Land Institute<<clik to view they’re recommendations of 2009, (it is reputed that Steve had/has personal issues with some of the councilors/residents that got the prestigious ULI to look at Pottstown again).
OhOh, wait a sec…the borough did establish an economic development entity, as the ULI suggested, nearly 4 years after the report. They had a pot of like $450,000 at first, and they re-constituted a non-profit they call: PAID. An org. that also appears to have no….plan. So…the money will run out, then what? Today…
Instead of “Magic” on the riverfront – Pottstown has low-income, shoddily built rental housing on the river OH JOY of JOYS, how sacred. That’s really bringing the new businesses into downtown, evidenced by the ghostly vacancies on High St.
Officials won’t articulate it but, it’s not difficult to conjecture that someone(s) are being rewarded for something – somewhere along this very long, historical line of cronysim and Pottstown’s failure to thrive.
It’s human nature to expect reward and repeat behaviors that are fruitful.
There is always a plan – written or not. Are these the goals…?
Disinevestment, Homeowner flight, Increasing crime, Disregard for the suffering of the few remaining businesses and homeowners, High Taxes, Increasing population of the needy and slumlords willing to take advantage of them and the taxpayers, Tanking property values, well…
If so, local government is successful. Naturally, we don’t know what the trade-off is. We don’t know why Pottstown is circling the drain because we are not privy to their plan or their benefit.
Woman & Teen Both Shot in Pottstown Alley
Smart investors read the news, they read assorted crime data reports, proliferating on the net, and maybe they stumble into one of the blogs but – (google crime in Pottstown or just Pottstown) – there’re way more crime sites and news sources than blogs about Pottstown.
Funny tho, how the Mayor’s crime stats are at odds with every other website, (of course in her 13 min. diatribe at council, Monday, she didn’t quote her source).
You can watch the Mayor on Youtube<<clik here, if you are inclined to kick back with a cup of tea, take your worried mind off of crime in Pottstown for awhile – everything is good, just the way it is, no change necessary.
One of the very best sources, if you really want a finger on the pulse of public sentiment, is Facebook. No doubt, ranking at the bottom of the heap for officials, (just above blogs about Pottstown), another great source of information officials can casually dismiss with statements like:
” It also seems, again, to me, that if we stopped spending time addressing the individual concerns of the constant complainer(s) and more time focusing on real problems, we would be able to accomplish much more in our community.” Jan. 2010 Police Chief Mark Flanders…
But now that he’s been in the Manager’s seat for a year and 7 months-ish, Flanders has well insulated himself against constant complainers, as a commenter on Monday night pointed out, in her <failed> effort to speak with Flanders in person.
(Getting an appointment with the Pope is more likely).
We understand, really we do. We imagine what it would be like to be focused on the real problems – in the midst of picking out new cars, (hmm Sirius radio, or no?), and counting out golf balls, (to be sure there’s just the right number for opening day at mini-golf land in Pottstown), while the assistant is trying to keep track of bagging the balls – in coordinated color combo’s. It’s just not possible to listen to constant complainers and focus on weighty decisions.
***Please forgive my transgression, I am a sinner. I am nothing more than a constant complainer for I live in Pottstown and I, like so many others, am not obedient to unspoken rules of conduct: “Be seen but never heard”.
Minimizing citizens concerns, diminishing their efforts by referring to them as “constant complainers” is a Pottstown tradition – it’s roots firmly anchored in cronyism. We’ve been called worse: “haters” by the former mayor or the ever popular “apathetic.”
Anyway, I digress. The point of this blog post, today, is to present a small sampling of comments following Citizens Action Committee’s protest and citizen comments to council on Monday night. Nobody in government will read them, of course, so for posterity, (because we really do care about what residents have to say). IT’S TIME FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO STOP BLAMING THIS COMMUNITY FOR THEIR FAILURE TO LEAD.
Here’s a sampling of public sentiment on Facebook:
D.S.: Right on. From the few times I’ve driven through Pottstown I thought it was even more ghetto than Allentown.
KBD: Call, call, call, and nothing is done. They <police> come out, five minute conversation, and leave again…a citation is never issued. To top it off, you’re labeled a nuisance caller. Why bother with borough ordinances? They don’t mean anything.
Sorry but I called 911 after hearing gun shots the one night. The 911 operator called PPD dispatch and after almost 20 rings someone picked up and he sounded asleep.
Then my house was robbed and the responding officer seemed more interested in talking about tattoos then the break in. Now my homeowners insurance went up. It’s hard to be a concerned citizen when no one cares. I have teenage kids walking down my street breaking things, being loud late at night, or throwing rocks at my neighbors cat. Where are the parents of these kids? Is there a curfew being enforced in town anymore? Everyone hides in their house and closes the curtains to this shit. Pottstown needs to get its act together or it’s just going to get worse. Yeah they <govt. officials> are making money one way or another no one does anything for free. I learned that a long time ago. There has to be something they are getting to stay in their position. Like I said some kind of money is greasing their hands.
I read Roy’s Rants and watched the video clip. Toroney is his own worst enemy and has done/said everything to help Citizens for Pottstown make their point. I did note, for someone who never reads blogs or FB, that Toroney came up with a sort of reply that would make you doubt his word. Hmmmm. I also noted how angry and red in the face he was! I think it was because, with so many different reporters and cameras in the room, he couldn’t shut people up as they were speaking without making himself look like an ever bigger idiot! What confounds me is that the rest of Council allows him to go on and on and on with his behavior. ‘Course it’s always been my suspicion that he is merely a mouthpiece for our “illustrious” B.M. Could it be that the rest of Council are so afraid of or intimidated by the B.M. that they WON’T speak up?
S.R : It all stems from the township/borough. Yes the rental properties are a huge problem, and that’s because Pottstown is so appealing to investors. With it’s LOW property values and blight communities. But it has to fall back on the borough. They don’t enforce U&O / health codes properly. They allow investors to buy houses, that won’t pass inspection, and then be rented out, without being registered.
LESS THAN HALF OF THE RENTALS IN POTTSTOWN ARE ACTUALLY LICENSED AND REGISTERED. >>
“Slumlords” in Pottstown are also restaurant owners, real estate agents, government officials. These are the people that have money, that can afford to invest in a better Pottstown. The answer is not kicking out the “slumlords”, it’s removing the low income. If the codes change and are properly enforced then the investors will comply, because that’s what makes them money. – this is from an investors point of view.
R.B.: So after all that talking what did she <Mayor Valentine-Thomas> really say? What was the upshot of the entire evening? That things are the way they are and thats all there is to it? That we are to be glad that theft is the largest crime problem by numbers? Unless more citizens step up to the plate nothing will ever change? That nothing new is being worked on or planned to change anytime in the near future? Is it just me or is that what was really said?
G.C.: That’s what she said. And Toroney said it too – in his own way. Why does Steve let her ramble?
K.H. The borough council of Pottstown thinks that allowing another bodega to open is economic developement. Another corner store that sells garbage foods to children, exchanges EBTs for cash at $.40 on the dollar, and sells synthetic drugs or the real thing under the counter. When you have Family Dollar presenting itself as an improvement to the community, something with that picture is wrong.
Police: Man robs Philly dollar store with metal pipe