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For Jake & Janet, let's fulfill Consolidation's promise
« on: May 21, 2020, 11:01:06 PM »
https://www.thejaxsonmag.com/article/for-jake-janet-lets-fulfill-consolidations-promise/

Great column by Mr. Hand as always.  Jake and Janet were great assets to our city.  Unfortunately, we have a long way to go. 

Aside from City leaders doing things on the cheap including cutting property taxes by too much (mostly benefiting higher income neighborhoods while insuring the under-funding of lower income areas), we have an issue of priorities.  Developers and the likes of Mr. Kahn get tens and hundreds of millions in incentives and infrastructure subsidies to build in green zones and grow their pet projects while infrastructure in existing areas is allowed to decay year after year with nowhere near the same attention and funding.  Its the classic pay to play where contributors to politicos get the attention and the rest of us get the scraps.

By example, if the $233 million for lot J that the City claims it can eke out of a supposedly very tight budget can be found, why can't similar amounts be found for our decaying neighborhoods after over 50 years of neglect since consolidation.  And, as noted in the article, its not just low income areas.  Its "aging" areas all over.  Today's new neighborhoods will be tomorrow's aging ones.  At some point, the majority of voters will be living in these poorly maintained areas and the maybe the tables will begin to turn.  Until then, the City seems mostly interested in growing its outer fringes (where the developers mostly play) at the expense of its inner cores.