Tuesday, January 11, 2005

A Plan for Cleveland

No one else may have noticed, but Cleveland was recently named the poverty capital of America. Of course the local politicos are none too happy with the label, so it's time to come up with a solution to a problem which is largely of their own creation! Take this article (please!) from the Cleveland Pain Dealer that goes at length trying not to mention any solution:
Cuyahoga County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones said he favors harnessing existing resources rather than trying to create new ones, but he would like to see the focus narrowed even further, to four areas: education (preschool through college); work force development; economic development and employment; and family structure, which he said should address teen pregnancy and integrating fathers into families.
Of course the unasked question is "What happened to all the old residents who didn't partake in questionable behavior and stayed and worked in the city to make it great?" Of course those people are long gone: a combination of high crime, poor education, high taxes, and poor infrastructure make for an uninviting place to live. It is still honorable to want to improve the lot of the people who still find themselves living in the city, but you can well bet that once their lot improves, they'll make a break for it as well.

A radical solution might be to really improve the schools, really improve services, and really lower taxes and/or fees in order to make Cleveland city a tempting place to live. Of course there are more than enough lazy bureaucrats who have another idea.

This brings me around to the whole "urban sprawl" issue. There seems to be three types of people who are "green space" nuts:
  1. Enviro types (a.k.a. "green bigots") who hate other people despoiling the planet as they see it. These types would be all for abandoning the North American continent, except for their swanky cottages of course.
  2. Guilty, well off, white people who don't want any darkies moving in on their nice digs.
  3. Lastly, big city bureaucrats who, lacking the courage to truly change the way their cities work, seek to trap people into living there by making property outside of the urban centers too difficult to acquire.

There's an article here:

State legislators who spent more than a year studying ways to curb urban sprawl and preserve farmland ended up taking what critics say has always been Ohio's approach to those concerns.

They didn't do anything.
Thank God....

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