I haven't been back in town long enough to have a real opinion on this matter, so I've basically just watched and listened to the debate. Having heard both sides however, I must say that its a little scary that a person like Rhonda has that type of power over our schools. I went to vocational school with Soddy Daisy kids, and they were, hands down, the worst racist I've ever dealt with in my life. I grew up in the inner city and I went to school in the suburbs of Chattanooga. In my opinion, the inner city schools are much better than they were when I was a kid. My daughter attended a local magnet school and I was always impressed with both their personnel and professionalism. At the same time, I do believe that my old high school has taken a real nose dive since the early ninety's, so I can see her point on this matter. On the other hand, why did they rush the Smith decision if he was the best man for the job? Wouldn't that prove to be just as true after a nationwide search? And, if Scales ouster wasn't personal, why not save the money and allow his contract to expire? Was his removal really worth more to us than a quarter of a million dollars?
Anyone that's ever been "railroaded" in life knows that this sounds like a "railroading." What we need is real, radical change in our school system that, quite frankly, requires much longer hours and much higher standards. We need that just to KEEP PACE with the Chinese. I seriously doubt that a local guy thats been around forever will make that kind of change. So we will be right back here having this discussion again, when the democrats get back into power in a couple years and remove Rick Smith's figurative head the first chance they get. Hopefully, my daughter will be out of school by then.
Our Chattanooga representative needs to take care of this Michael Corleone style with a bullet to the eyes (figuratively that is). I would pull anything I had to in order to get this tax collecting effort squashed. Did anyone notice where the South Carolina jobs went? China! It's a sad day when Republicans shoot themselves in the foot this badly. I believe that there is some jealousy at the root of this, as the Chattanooga area got not one but two fulfillment centers. Not even a small warehouse was in it for poor Oak Ridge. What a bunch of losers! We are better businessmen here and their lousy efforts to stop the momentum in Chatt-town won't work. It would be terrible if we lost Amazon, but truth be told, we'd find a replacement.
I'm sure that these representatives believe that their constituents are being asked to make a sacrifice with nothing in return from the Chattanooga region. Forget the great publicity for Tennessee in general, they want quid-pro quo, and they want it NOW. That's why we're on our way to being the best city in this state, because we cooperate and understand that in business what's good for one is good for all. I that what is happening may surprise most of you, but this is the way business is done (or better said not done) every day. Get used to it. This will not be the last time we see this sort of stupidity.
Oz, you can make that video happen here, then you've got my vote.
That's the way it works at every other community in this country (it's called a crime-free/drug-free addendum and its signed along with the resident lease). It's about time the CHA stepped into the 21st century. I believe that what they will find is that many of their residents will no longer qualify and, as a result, there will be no need for so much public housing in this city.
The light at Signal forces you to slow down heading north at Signal Mountain Road, and there is the stop light coming from Signal and Dayton Boulavard heading south, so again, there is ample opportunity to pull out. Plus, we're not exactly talking Gunbarrel Road here. My daughter lives in Red Bank so I am over there a couple times a week, and this is not a very busy location given the infrastructure and size. Last, there have been three upscale (and yes you can be upscale without being a condo) communities built in this city since April 2008: The Haven at Commons Park, Amberleigh Ridge, and Hayden Place apartments. The Haven is 95% occupied, while Amberleigh and Hayden Place have almost no sitting vacant apartments in the final half of their lease up phases. That's not pessimism or optimism, I know those numbers for a fact.
I was referring more so to the article than to the commentors heneh, but by "haters" I mean people that are overly pessimistic. I am closely affiliated with both this project and property management in general in this town and I can tell you that upscale apartment communities can barely meet demand. Too many people got burned by the housing crisis and now they are justifiably cautious about there next housing purchase. I think that this is a health response to our formerly over-bought housing market, and I don't see this trend turning around anytime soon. Still, there is upside to area businesses and home owners, because higher density in declining neighborhoods tend to bring resurgence. All I'm saying is that change isn't always bad, but the tone of this article appears to indicate otherwise.
Wow! These articles are so overblown and dramatic. People have very different schedules, but let's say in general that 25% of all residents leave home in their car at rush hour. You're talking an additional 70 cars, or just over one car a minute hitting the road from that community. I don't think that this is quite going to knock the earth off it's axis, but that's the impression you get from reading this article. Places like Red Bank need population density to support their struggling restaurants, retail, and grocery stores, so I really don't get their complaints at all. This is progress. Downtown needs more residency if it's ever going to attract some of the upscale shopping that it wants in that area, and the best way to do that is with well managed high density apartment homes. So could some of you guys please resist your natural inclination to be haters and give this place a chance before you pass judgement?
Be my guest discovery. Let me say this: the projects are no more the black community than Soddy Daisy is the white. As a black male I am growing sick and tired of being represented by these losers. We are actually as diverse a people as any other race in this country, but the media keeps sticking the microphone in the face of ignorant, loud-mouthed, self proclaimed community representatives of the Jesse Jackson ilk. Close these housing projects down! And you should start with "The Westside!" Its killing our downtown property value, thus counter-acting all of the handwork done to revitalize our riverfront in the first place. The real reason nothing ever gets better in these high-crime neighborhoods isn't because it has drug dealers, or pimps and prostitutes. It's because it has a paranoid class of community enablers that won't report criminal activity, won't cooperate with the police, and won't look in the mirror long enough to figure out were it is going wrong. I know. I am from there. But here is the worst of it: It will never change! You have to break these places up the same way the federal government broke up the "clan-mentality" of the old south. Once it became clear that they couldn't do business that way anymore, southerners got creative, inclusive, and progressive. It'll happen with us the same way, if we get serious about stopping this problem at its source.
Public art is an inexpensive way to draw a visitors eyes away from the condition of some of our worst downtown streets and vacant buildings. Visitors and new move-ins from major cities are more accustomed to a better looking infrastructure for their highways and roadways, but the truth is we can't afford those kind of upgrades to our city just yet. (The real truth is niether can their hometowns, thats why we have lower taxes and a growing job market) Art is a nice compromise. It keeps us out of the major debt required to upgrade the look of our home, while appealing to outsiders in a positive way. You nitpickers need to get over it. If government isn't there for anything else, they do need to make sure our public areas look appealing. I don't see anything wrong with this approach.
I've floated this idea and I wonder what some of you may think about it. What if we tied the earned income credit and child income credit to school performance? I'll guarantee you that the grades of these kids would improve, even if their parents had to sit in class with them to be sure that they are getting the work done. We shouldn't be paying these parents to bring worthless children into the world. If you're gonna be apart of our society, you need to earn your way.