Nearly four months after I showed the unfinished mess left by developer Mary ‘One’ Johnson, the issues at the Ville Phillips Estates look to remain the same.Â Click here to see my prior post.
Above was the scene earlier this year, an open sewer adjacent to a sidewalk where I child playing could get hurt by falling in.
Monday the same sewer is still open.Â Do I need to personally find a piece of plywood and some bricks to cover this hole myself?Â Hmmm, I think Mary One’s old signs remain in the pile of weeds, perhaps I simply use those to secure this dangerous situation?
Building lots remain empty with no marketing signs in place, unfinished sidewalks only add to the appearance of failure.
An alley remains just shy of reaching the street. Â Sure, money is limited but so are people’s patience.Â If we can’t finish the infrastructure and new homes right now let’s at least find a way to keep the lots looking moderately decent and get some signs up marketing the lots to potential home owners.Â These lots aren’t going to sell themselves.Â Tearing down every vacant building in site also isn’t going to fix the ills of the neighborhood.
In many ways we are starting from scratch.Â The area has needs an economy — unless we think the Ville should simply become a bedroom community for jobs elsewhere.Â Like neighborhoods everywhere, the Ville is overwhelmingly occupied by decent hard working people with a few bad apples.Â But as we know from past experience, tearing down old buildings or constructing new ones will not stop people from dealing drugs or engaging in other illicit activities.Â A good economy and a hopeful future, while significantly harder to achieve than razing or constructing buildings, is the more sustainable path.Â Covering open sewers is likely one of the easiest first steps.