The Uptown or Get out of Racine if your Black!

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When to the Uptown Public Input Meeting last night and here is my observations

The J-T’s story http://journaltimes.com/news/local/residents-weigh-in-on-uptown-redevelopment/article_69beb6dc-84f3-11e3-8589-0019bb2963f4.html

1) We are fucked, nothing we can do to stop this (but something we can try more on that) The City  of Racine is grasping at straws at gentrification ideas why? The only way to get property values up and keep the few Home owners who pay taxes and maintain homes to stay because it may not be worth the fight   example from the story “We’re surrounded by rental properties that aren’t taken care of,” Merwin said. “There’s got to be some kind of incentive for landowners to keep up their properties.”

Sadly I see them looking to get $$ for doing what they should be waiting to do, but when your the only one doing anything it gets old fast, now what would they say if asked thoughts about businesses in Downtown Racine who are not paying taxes and they are …

2) A good 25% if not more of the crowd was made up of City of Racine Elected Officials, City of Racine/County of Racine Staff and the Crew of crooks I mean Consultants from   Vandewalle & Associates. Mind you Uptown Racine from what I was told by Matt from the City of Racine is mostly Black and below age income OK WHERE WERE THEY? Not in that room not at all.

I saw maybe maybe 2 maybe that I thought was a goal NOT to have the blacks who live in Uptown be part of this

You see the goal of this is

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Or Drive the Poor our bring in the rich or like Racine is famous for bring in the rich Whites who will pay property taxes (even if Downtown Racine may not be) spend Money in the dead down town bonus if they buy hats or boats.

3) The Speakers tried hard to sell the idea of the Dream if only we did this Racine become a place to go that rich whites would come to Racine and blow $$! Right of course they will!! The City Administrator said so!  Would he lie to you???   Has not Delta Hawk Hired millions? Has not Porters brought millions downtown? Did not the spokesman from RCEDC say that 6000 work in the Downtown? Where?  might they counting the total # of employees  say at J-W if the HQ is in the Uptown?

4) At every Table for the breakout IMHO EVERY leader at the tables were from the Bid or Vandewalle so you  know that only the agreed upon in advance ideas are going to make it into the plan such needed things for a majority Black Low Income area as Coffee Shops (at least they can be bus boys) Open Air Food stores (Gee it was hard as hell to get a food Co-OP to even look at West Racine  what kind of bribe will it take to get a food store in the Uptown?

“a public gathering place on 14th Street and Washington Avenue” right! to do what mill about?

So sad see this plan that IMHO, Vandewalle know what they will have it say for Dickert has told them will in a nut shell do:

Enrich Dickert pals who know what is to come and have businesses ready to rape I mean pillage I mean take advantage of this plan.

Now I think we cant stop this plan from being created we can do this

Write a letter to our members of Congress asking them to investigate the City of Racine for Racism due to questions brought up from Pattern or Practice a Film on Racine Issues in the City of Racine and until this is done not to give any Grants to the City or County of Racine for

RootWorks

Reef point Marnia

Uptown Plan

Should the Feds show up or even get interested that will stop the plan dead.

Question does anyone know if Kim Kane running for the 2nd district alderman went to Mexico with Mayor Dickert?

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One Response to The Uptown or Get out of Racine if your Black!

  1. those 6000 jobs referred to Uptown, not Downtown. Now this ‘heart of business’ focus was repeated many times at this Uptown meeting. To come up with this refrain the many planners present had these big glossy aerial maps at all tables showing the new Uptown that they envision. It is not the Uptown district! it is an expanded geographic boundary area going south and east and probably even takes in a slice of Mt. Pleasant. Why is that? Because these Vandewalle people from Madison get paid $78,000 dollars to please. Perhaps they too don’t get the real facts. This scheme regarding expanding Uptown boundaries to purge the area of people who live there does not pass the smell test any better than the one Vandewalle prepared
    for the RootWorks. Firms like this come up with what will please those that hire them. Your observations are keen. I found the meeting offensive. The executive branches of both city and county government should be exposed for above the law manipulation of facts. ARBITRARY BEHAVIOR – ABOVE THE LAW – MISINFORMATION – MISINFORMATION DELIBERATE. A federal investigation is the only way to get at what is happening..The corruption in Racine today is a collusion between both political parties at the executive level. The definition of community is blurred. What is community? Is it your political friends? Is it the people- us – who our public servants represent? Is it to line pockets for the few? This lining of pockets is what Racine does best. And all this is in the face of real poverty and suffering.

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