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Are you going to cover tonight's NEO imput meeting at the Friendly House QCI?
QCI: Please go and report back to us who can't attend this meeting. It is on the Tenant Accountability ordinance and we need you to be our ears and eyes. Pretty Please go.
Unfortunately though, I'm one of "us" who can't attend. Between the open house event and some other previous things I had going on tonight, its not going to happen.I was thinking the 3 meetings were all the same, but after looking at the original press release I see that each one is supposed to cover different things. Maybe someone else can write a (relatively) unbiased guest post?
WQAD showed the inside of one of those lofts. The apartments look like a garage that someone hung some used cupboards on the walls, and put in a sink. It should be no wonder that the lower class people live downtown.
Sour grapes. You should have gone and seen them for yourself. A lot of the furnishings are cheap (but not used). The main selling points are the uniqueness of the spaces and the views. And, they are selling, I might point out. I think some of these 4th street lofts will have better views than the 1st phase (no offense, QCI).
to 5:27Yeah it's a loft space. They are supposed to be basic. It's called urban living for the young professional who doesn't have the need for a 4 bedroom 3.5 bath house with 3 car garage.
If you were living in a tent, just released from Jail, or living on a cot at the JLCS, this would be an improvement. These pictures look too much like the news shots that channel 6 did on the Ledo/Schricker not long ago.
Those of us living in the 6th ward know better than to attend an open house downtown after dark, so we depend on the TV stations to take the risks of going to those dicey neighborhoods.
Oh stop you idiot!
Last I checked the 6th ward was partially south of locust in the Hts. People think that area is really safe, but I say different.Get off you high horse. Your 6th ward neighbors are supporting these projects downtown. The entire city needs to work together to promote a safe place for our families and children.
I've lived down here for almost 2 years now and have not been the victim of any crime. The downtown core is fairly safe, except for normal bar stuff. Once you get to the west side of downtown, or up Iowa Street from me, is where the problems are.But of course the negative people will continue trying to spread their negativity, causing more people to incorrectly think downtown is dangerous.
And obviously 7:35 has never been in the Shricker, because it looks nothing like an industrial loft.
Ask Clayton sometime QCI to see the map of how big the downtown area really is. It has been expanded several times so that developers can milk the system. It maybe on the city website, but as everything else, it's probably impossible to find.
For those who want to know, the last NEO meeting went off without a hitch. No real changes happening that are not being done already. The tenants will be informed with a check list left behind by the housing inspector. Some items include trash inside the house, missing batteries in smoke detectors, storage of gas in the house, and bedrooms in the basement/attic. Eleven items in all. If the tenant doesn't correct the violation, they may get a citation equal to a $30 ticket that he won't have to pay until he trys to get his drivers license renewed. Mike Ryan made it a point that the landlord understands that rental housing is a business and the city will not become a mediator or eviction processor. The landlord needs to run his business and he is ultimately resposable for all that goes on at their properties. Now for all nuisance trash and vehicles you must call public works and the police department for a respose. All in all, this was alot simpler when the old NEO was running it. "One call got it all" What a mess! Funny to see exactly who of the aldermen showed. Frink for the first and last meeting, Meyer for the second meeting, and Howard and Ambrose for approx 10 minutes of the first one and thats it .I suspect this will become a hot topic at election time.
Thanks for the review 4:24.I've reprinted this post on the main page so this thread doesn't get more hijacked than it already is.
Thanks for the report on the NEO meeting. It was great that you gave a report on which alderman made time for this important meeting.
Thanks for the pictures QCI. I was interested and wanted to go see it myself but got stuck in a meeting :(
Oops, meant to post that on the thread above!
You are welcome. I just called it as I saw it. Seems to be that a small amount of landlords showed up For the most part good ones, had a couple of bad ones though. I hope that this sitting council will listen to them, or it could have been just a ploy to get a few complainers off their back. I hope not.
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