Hard to write about crime not because as Mayor John Dickert would like you to think we have none or little, its because I do not want to make this the issue of this Blog.

To some degree we will like any city have some crime, any area be it Racine, Baraboo, or Twin Lakes crime will happen folks drive drunk have fights do drugs nor is there anything any city can do to be crime free, we do not live nor I think want to live in police state we are not going to have a cop on every block and boldly  speaking I think it would not help much.

The issue I have is how our City Leadership like to pretend there is little crime, that there is nothing to worry about party on.

True most of us will not be killed in a gun fight we have over drugs most of us will not be arrested for selling Drugs or running a drug house.

We are however all impacted by crime from the taxes we pay for Police Courts and jails, to homes being robbed  or even being robbed our self’s.

Whole neighborhoods can be destroyed by drug gangs schools can be wrecked by gangs even whole families  destroyed, I can tell you that first hand.

In the past two months we have had  three murders and 3-6 other shootings. If I understand correctly some of the murders have  to do with Gangs as most of the Shootings. I have yet to see in the Racine Newspaper what I will call real  stories about this. Why?  IMHO its because our Mayor and the other Good Old Boys do not want you to know that thee might be areas of Racine that might not be safe to be in cant have that!

I would hope that the Journal Times would want the public to know if there are areas of the city to be very careful in. To perhaps encourage Neighborhoods to form Watch groups right? Are not watch groups a good thing?

To try hide crime is silly just drive down West 6th st see the gangs stop at the corner of 6th and Memorial see the drug deals this would be across the street from the Alderman’s home I can see why he may not want that out in the news, been that way even before I moved here in 98.  I can see why he does not come to the Neighborhood watch meetings  someone might ask him to do something. Hell I quit going since any discussion the Watch does not like is called politics and shut down but by they sure were able to bring up/promote KRM, but this is a topic  for another day and I will revisit it.

Two events none of them action by  the City changed the block I live on:

The man who owned two of the slum dwellings changed his ways and started watching what was going on in the houses he owned.  In fact such a great change I give full credit and Glory to God.

One of my Hispanic Neighbors started buying up the homes  foreclosed  and going out of his way to put the  best families he can in them. No more do the gang scum have safe areas to live in so they do not hang out here. Having no one to sell to there is no reason for the gangs to hang out in the first place.

Yet in most of tracks 1-5 in Racine its slums and empty buildings, folks with little hope and bad outcomes who look for an escape if only via a crack pipe. But like an Ostrage our leaders far rather hide from the issues of the how and why of crime as they drive out of “River View” as fast as they can








I have been asked why I am doing such a disservice to the City of Racine by this Blog. I was asked if it was for “Payback” for some slight. Not at all I do this to document the decline and fall of this city.  No way I can change anything, I have no power to say arrest or prosecute the City leaders who I see as destroying this once fair city.
However I can document this for others who may wonder what the hell went on in Racine to turn it into this  pile of ruble it will soon become I think.  Who will ever believe unless its in writing with links to the proof such things as Mayor Garry Becker ending his days as Mayor because he had a thing for a mythical 14 year old (A State Undercover officer it would turn out), that a Community back idea of a Children’s Museum  would turn into failure but perhaps the closing of the Bank of Elmwood.

Who would think that a sitting Mayor of Racine would sue his own City, agree to pay his own legal bills for law suit brought on him personally yet somehow the City get stuck with the bill?

How else other then by someone willing to document this so years from now when this City is dust will the story of the path to ruin be told.






Is Han Fuqu Teaching Mayor John Dickert?

So we have read the Wolfman reports of selling prices vs assessed value in the City of Racine.

In Today’s Journal Times there is a story about a decline is Housing sales.  From the Story 8/14/2012  July first month that housing sales fell below same month last year”

John Crimmings, vice president and general sales manager at First Weber Group, 1100 N. Main St., wasn’t sure how to explain the July-to-July decline.

“The other thing that surprised me was that Racine (County) was down and everybody else was up” in southeastern Wisconsin, Crimmings said. As examples, Kenosha County sales were 38.6 percent greater than the previous July, Walworth County’s up by 35.6 percent, Milwaukee County’s 29.2 percent greater and Waukesha County’s up by 32.5 percent.

“I guess I’m more concerned how Racine (County) is tracking compared with surrounding counties,” Crimmings said.”

What he is shocked at this? Does he think folks want to move into Racine with what 3 murders in the last 2 months?  Mr. Crimmings may think that there is no crime in Racine that is all in our heads like Mayor John Dickert wants us too, however even the J-T cant cover up dead bodies.

Nor can the J-T spin what looks like outrage to me  on the spending on the Civic Center as the City crushes City Unions because we are broke.

Why does this matter:

1) Decline Housing values decreases the amount of Bonds the City can issue

2) The City of Racine may lose our credit rating making the cost high and harder to borrow money.

3) IMHO this (decline in Housing sales) means that our housing is still valued too high, that might decrease property values I know I will be fighting my assessment as being too high.

Sadly I see the Mayor not understanding what is going on and how hard this will be on the City. Of course when the Mayor pulls out new fees raises fees and raises taxes any way he can think of  he will see more leave the City.

Are we not so lucky to have John Dickert as Mayor

Wolfman speaks of the death of Racine housing values.

Again Wolfman reports on the declining home values in Racine WI

The Formatting got strange my Bad

Home Sales for Racine: week ending August 12, 2012

Housing prices continue to plummet, and I have found that when I attempt to verify the sale via the City of Racine Property Assessment page that not all sales have been updated in the records. Hence a question remains as to the validity of the sale. Prices are all over the place, but be assured that Racine has a surplus of properties and few buyers. If you have overpaid – you were most likely victimized by a Realtor talking their book.  Realtors are paid on commission – based upon a percentage of the sale – and want to increase the price as much as possible – therefore Realtors are “friendly” – but they are by no means your friend.

In Racine, one needs to be aware that many houses are NOT updated – with appropriate double pane insulated glass windows, electrical boxes have not been upgraded to code and  illegal and unsafe electrical and  plumbing work is common. Roofs have not been properly roofed, and HVAC systems are old and not of an efficient, modern design.  Many older houses are asbestos filled – some have asbestos roof shingles, asbestos siding, and asbestos around old heating ducts.  Demand a proper inspection and require written and signed warranties that all work has been properly done. Many people have found that they have purchased a lemon, and those mistakes can cost tens of thousands of  $$$ to fix.

Address                                               Sale Price            Assessed Price                  Difference

842 Main St.                                       $170,000              $515,000                              Neg. $345,000

4717 Kinzie Ave.                               $133,000              $132,000                              Pos. $1,000

3118 N.Main St.                                $120,000              $132,000                              Neg. $8,000

2834 Cleveland Ave.                       $117,500              $114,000                              Pos. $3,500

1336 Deane Blvd                              $110,900              $120,000                              Neg. $9,100

3434 First Ave.                                  $100,000              $106,000                              Neg. $6,000

2547 Ridgewood Ave.                    $80,000 $114,000                                             Neg. $34,000

930 Racine St.                                    $77,900 $58,000                 Foreclosure

2023 Indiana St.                                                $76,000 $80,000                 Neg. $4,000

2622 Olive St.                                    $73,900 $85,000                 Neg. $11,100

1758 Illinois St.                                 $72,000 $72,000                            -0-

1540 Blaine Ave.                              $67,500 $104,000               Neg. $36,500

1641 Grange Ave.                             $54,500 $91,000                 Neg. $36,500

1302 Russett St.                                $39,000 $78,000                 Neg. $39,000

1439 Summit Ave.                           $33,020 $68,000                 Neg. $34,980

1716 Linden St.                                 $27,000 $52,000                 Neg . $25,000

722 Belmont St.                               $25,000 $54,000                 Neg.  $29,000

1325 Villa St.                                      $18,100 $54,000                 Neg. $35,900

1515 Maple St.                                  $13,000 $68,000                 Neg. $ 55,000

814 17th. St.                                         $13,000 $43,000                 Neg. $30,000


So how is the City going to fond the money it so badly needs, or will Mayor John Dickert say “Do not worry be  happy!”


Why is this an issue? Raciner can only borrow based on the amount of the value of the City, so when the property values drop so does the amount we can get in Bonds. Now add  to this if/when our credit goes down the cost of the Bonds go up.

Fun Fun Fun for the City of Racine!

A quick note


Went to the City Council meeting tonight.  By the reaction more then a few have seen the CATV show Racine in Ruins and read this blog . Yes by their looks at me at least  Gregory T. Helding and Terrence McCarthy seen/read the blog. Oh well sucks for them. Mind they where not attacked on the show or blog but since IMHO they think of themsels as Good old Boys, this blog and TV show well has them looking silly of as I see it they buy into the idea that all is well in Racine and if we just BELIEVED all would be OK.

Maybe they should ask the family members of the 3 murdered men (in the last few weeks)  in Racine how great things are.


More Wolfman





Wolfman speaks on Housing values


With permission His views are his own

Housing Values


Property Values, Assessed Values and The City of Racine. Should you be concerned?

“RACINE — The City of Racine has been awarded $120,000 to demolish nine blighted residential properties, Gov. Scott Walker’s office announced Wednesday.

The homes set to be demolished were chosen because they are foreclosures in tax delinquency. They also are vacant or significantly deteriorated and are in areas the city has targeted for redevelopment, O’Connell said.

The homes pose problems because they discourage neighbors from fixing up their own properties, lower the appeal of a neighborhood and continue to deteriorate over time, O’Connell said.”

Ok I thought – SO – What is a blighted home that is deteriorated beyond the point of rehabilitation and scheduled for demolition worth?

Each home will be listed by address, then the 2012 assessed value given. I will then add all the assessed values together, divide by the number of properties (9) to establish what I call the “AVERAGE OVER ASSESSMENT OF PROPERTY VALUE IN THE CITY OF RACINE”.

617 8th St. 2012 Assessed Value: $73,000
1310 11th St. 2012 Assessed Value: $41,000
510 15th St. 2012 Assessed Value: $41,000
1804 Franklin St. 2012 Assessed Value: $62,000
1809 Franklin St. 2012 Assessed Value: $84,000
1801 Grand Ave. 2012 Assessed Value: $70,000
1308 Howe St. 2012 Assessed Value: $35,000
713 9th St. 2012 Assessed Value: $40,000
1606 Villa St. 2012 Assessed Value: $71,000
TOTAL VALUE: $517,000
divide by 9 properties = $57,444


“There are just some houses that are so bad that you really can’t do anything with them and even developers don’t want to develop them because there’s so much work to it,” Racine Mayor John Dickert said.

If you are a resident of Racine – you need to have your home REALISTICALLY assessed – and have your property record updated. You will need to challenge the current over assessment by the City – the process is detailed on the City of Racine site – and begin NOW! Get together with your neighbors and also call your Alderman – working as a group will help to ensure success in getting the correction to your over assessment made. You WILL save hundreds, and some will save $1,000 or more! With another huge tax increase slated for 2013 you cannot afford to let the City of Racine gouge you again!