Now demolish East Lake Courts and the rest of the rats nests we are hemorrhaging tax dollars in support of. ELC, the other crime Mecca and vestige of the Cabrini-Green era of disastrous concentration of poverty/crime/depredation. The fact that people have lived under government support for as long as many of these people have is a crime against both the tax-payers and the residents. When I drive by this place I've seen enough people sitting on porches drinking 40's to staff a small factory.... in support of that effort, half the police force is camped out in cruisers on adjacent parking lots waiting for the next crime to take place. Chattanooga is a city waiting to happen but being dragged down by it's past and the welfare leaches it inherited from terrible HUD and federal policies attempting to sweep the dirt into small piles so that the floor looked a bit cleaner in case the boss walked into the room. Brief and modest charitable support for those in need is better for those in need as well as the average citizen who wakes up and works a job for the roof over his families' head and food on their table. This culture of dependance is one of many "holes in the bucket" for our city and country.
An elected official who rallies against the same democratic process under which he was elected, as if entitled to rule once he assumed power.... it sounds more like Soviet Russia than Chattanooga. If he was worthy of the office, he would trust the voters to validate his appointment and allow the recall to take place while making his best effort to defend his seat on the basis of merit. He is just shooting himself in the foot when he goes about his defense via back channel routes, employing lawyers and threats instead of making a case for his worthiness to remain mayor to the voters . He is doomed if the recall takes place. He has some serious political capital to spend in terms of perceived success, relative in nature when compared to the dismal situation our country is facing, but a perception of success is success for politicians. Instead of making his argument for remaining in office and trusting the citizens, he continues to flail against the popular sentiment by means of his legal team and any loophole he finds in the system. I am by no means a Tea Party supporter, but I hate this mayor and look forward to his replacement by democratic recall.
"Awe who cares, he will be gone soon."
I truly hope that you are right, for the sake of Chattanooga.
Maybe they'll shoot "New York Nights 2: Chattanooga Hustle" here next, and Missy can even be in that one!
I completely agree with you on all points but the county building code. I actually think that the 03 code promotes affordable, reasonably priced housing in the area, which is probably one of the top 3 things that are remarkable about this area. Many of the aspects of the more stringent codes are superfluous to average home buyers yet raise the cost of housing significantly and cause a stigma of obsolescence for pre-code change construction which represents 99% 0f the market during the first decade of new codes. As energy costs increase, the construction norms will naturally progress at a linear pace. One of the best aspects of the Chatt housing market is the abundance affordable homes, old and new. If you think that one person or employer chooses not to move to this area because building code stringency, you are deluded. If we required green certification and/or structural disaster optimization in our code, new construction would stagnate and home prices would leave the unusually affordable range that we now enjoy. Homes loose value because people cant finance/afford them, not because of building codes being 7 years out of the most rigorous standard. Ask a real estate agent about the average knowledge of IRC code standards represented by an average prospective home buyer in this or any mild-climate/non-coastal market and you will get a good laugh. You made several good points, but you lost me on your idea for gutting our claim to affordable housing. Your evidence for our need for improvement is also ridiculous, as transplants to any average city will always experience 'fish out of water' syndrome during the first years of living in a new city (unless they moved from Detroit). Anyone wishing to own a home adhering to a certain building code can always build one to that standard or modify an existing home to that standard. Changing codes simply elevates prices and building standards to the tastes of an elite minority of home buyer and alienates the majority of the market. If you want to see the vast majority of homes loose value, make a dramatic code change. Houses aren't like iPods, as perceived obsolesce doesn't lead to a revitalized market.
Crime. That is the one thing holding us back. Our economy is growing, yet still transitional, but the crime rate is abysmal. This is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. It's truly a majestic setting, and one strategically placed for commerce of all kinds. Our cost of living stats are phenomenal, our higher education assets are present and improving, as are all general quality of life elements.... with the exception of maybe getting murdered or robbed, which is a big exception. I've lived in some of the 'darling' cities in these ratings, and I can honestly say that Chattanooga is like that bright, handsome, charming young person in everyones family who's vices get the better of him despite all efforts to make good. A few very bad apples are spoiling this town, and I hope that it someday realizes its potential. Crime and political corruption, which are really the same story on different sides of the track, are keeping us from being the next Portland or Asheville. No one wants to live an otherwise splendid life with a great job in a beautiful, vibrant city whose bliss is constantly interrupted by episodes violent crime , property theft, and embarrassingly corrupt political leadership. Our city will intrinsically create art and nurture cultural development, but we live in fear of a large criminal element. Still, we skimp on law enforcement and, for example, lavishly fund a superfluous government entity like EAC as if it was addressing our serious detriments. What we find ourselves with is a beautiful slum on a lottery-esque economic winning streak run by a self serving group of corrupt politicians who continue to squander our good fortune on cronyism and power plays for their political gain. With the right leadership, this town is poised for great success.
This has been a very painful learning experience for the citizens of Chattanooga as well, Missy. What did we learn? Some people are above the rules and face no consequences for their illegal actions. As long as Littlefield is in office, the EAC will continue to be a useless drain on the city coffers.
So the end result is that Missy turner drew a new organizational chart on the white board showing that Melissa Turner no longer reports directly to her in theory. There were serious implications to the way Be Communications was structured and promoted, but all of that was swept under the rug after Missy smiled and said it was all a misunderstanding and that her heart was too pure to do something for personal gain. What a farce.
The only thing better than having an idea for a private venture and using SKIMP to offset most of your personal risk to the taxpayer is remaining a highly paid full-time city employee while you start your private venture on the city time-clock and use city resources in its promotion.....Now thats a sweet program!
Don't get too excited if you are a Knowles, as your last name has to be Crutchfield in order to qualify for this one. It's called PIMPS: Promoting and Implementing My Personal Success, and again only Missy Crutchfield was approved for this program.
What a surprise... a Circuit Court Judge reviewed his own opinion and found that it was, in his opinion, correct.