Only in New London
Where the hell is Benedict Arnold when you really need him???? I’m tellin’ ya we gotta work harder on this séance thing. It’s the only way to save this town anymore; burn it to the ground and start over. Maybe purification by fire will get rid of all the bad ju-ju that’s so prevent around here. I don’t know for sure, of course, but at this point I am willing to try absolutely anything.
Most of you remember my lovely sidewalk, right? If not here take a gander The City of New London is an Absentee Landlord kindly keep in mind that post and those pictures are two years old so, ya know, nothing’s gotten any better on its own. In fact it’s decayed even further. Not that the City cares any about something…and someone…so small.
Any-hoo, last year we were informed that after FIFTY YEARS we were finally on “the list” to get new sidewalks! Yeah!
Yesterday, when we still hadn’t heard hide nor hair of said sidewalks my hubby called the City and was met by a man from the Public Works Department who came out to look at my sidewalk…most especially that crater at the end of my driveway. He wholeheartedly agreed it needs fixing BUT…no more money. Nope, we’ve run out of money. We’re no longer on “the list” for this year…maybe next year. Then I open The Day paper to read New London City Councils Oks Fund for Riverside Park to the tune nearly a MILLION DOLLARS.
Are you kidding me????
What are you no-loads on the City Council thinking??????
ARE you thinking? (that’s probably the better question)
We’ve dumped money into Riverside Park already. I’ve driven through it several times since and…no ones there! The place is freakin’ EMPTY. Got a nice new playscape and pretty flowers but, on the whole, it’s still a dump. I’m not interested in putting anymore money into it until those who own buildings around invent in their properties and fix them up. Does that sound fair? Why should the City continue pouring money into this project when the rest of the place looks like a demilitarized zone??? Meanwhile, you’ve got ‘The Hospital Neighborhood’ who puts up with crap load upon crap load of being dumped on by good Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, a neighborhood filled with hard-working TAX PAYING citizens and we get squat. As per usual. But if you don’t pay any taxes and you let your property go to hell this town will open up its coffers and give you the whole store.
The key to sprucing up “East New London” is NOT pouring money into Riverside Park. It’s making those who own property down there responsible for maintaining it. Who wants to go to a beautiful park that’s located in the middle of Shit Central? Seriously. Are we fixing this up so the heroin addicts will have a nicer place to shoot up? How good of us. Oh, no, that’s not why we’re doing it. Oh, is it so the drunkards have better benches to sleep on? How about so young lovers have a better place to leave their used condoms? It’s gotta be one of those reasons because it certainly isn’t doing this city any good as a whole.
Let’s not forget this is a piece of property which was almost sold to the Coast Guard. Yes, we had a referendum and we voted to ‘save Riverside Park’ but if you ask most people why they voted against selling the park you will get these two reasons; 1-the selling price was far too low and 2-it was definitely the wrong buyer. If ANYONE OUT THERE can find us someone willing to pay what it’s worth, develop it, and pay taxes every year you watch how fast we sell that steaming hunk. It’ll make your head spin. Why? Because we NEED the influx of serious cash AND the long-term investment that Uncle Sam wasn’t about to give us if we just handed it over to his greedy self. Yet the City in its infinitesimal wisdom took that vote as some type of mandate that the people wanted to “save” the park. Yeah. No. That wasn’t it dumb ass. These really are people who need to put their heads together to get up the smarts to lightly toast bread.
I got sidewalks no one can use. You can’t walk on my sidewalk. I watch people walk down the middle of the road all of the time because that’s SAFER than using the sidewalk. We got streets in horrible disrepair just terrible. Buildings that need fixing…you should see the inside of the Council Chamber…OMG? What a disaster area. But, yes, oh my Lord we must “save” Riverside Park.
How about we “save” our money and use it for projects that actually benefit long-term residents of the City? I know, that’s too difficult. So here. I say we find that better buyer, we sell the place off, then we use that money to build the Youth/Community Center this town has been talking about since before I was born. There. Problem solved. The kids have a safe place to play one that benefits the entire community and not just a small section of it and those who have been waiting HALF A CENTURY or more can finally get the service they deserve and have been paying for far too long.
Am I cold-hearted?
I don’t think so. I’m realistic and not a head-in-the-clouds dreamer. My neighbors and I keep up our properties and we pay roughly $4,000.00/year just to live in this town, don’t you think it’s about time we actually got something in return for our hard-earned money?
Oh yeah, that’s right, I’m getting my trash picked up on Thursdays. How about this? I’ll contract out my trash pick up to another company and keep my four grand. It’s got to be better deal for me than what I’m currently receiving which, in case you can’t tell, is the shitty end of a very long stick.
Posted on 22/07/2014, in Uncategorized and tagged anthony nolan, City Council, daryl finizio, Efrain Dominguez, erica richardson, new london, new london ct, riverside park, riverside park new london, wade hyslop. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.