Still an issue. I gave homeowner the number to UI but he must not have called yet or they did not do anything. I'll stop by and check with him again.
The beauty of using something like SCF as the citizen interface with the various agencies - public and private - responsible for keeping our city safe and vibrant then places like UI have to also adopt it. I think it is LUDICROUS to force citizens to try to navigate the convoluted paths of our governance systems on their own. Especially when the people running and supporting that system often can't do it. It is far better to have a place where you toss up your issue and those with the power/responsibility to 'fix' it are notified, coordinated and get it done. This way I only have to have one thing to remember as my reporting channel. It also allows us to aggregate better similar issues in relative locations to look for trends. Further it gives us a single place to compile and store issues reported and their resolutions so that we can monitor the effectiveness our our governance systems.
In other words, I shouldn't have to try to figure out whether this tree is a UI or Public Works or Parks Dept problem. To me it's a tree on the lines in front of a house. If it falls on the lines then a lot of us will be out of power, property will be damaged and (god forbid) someone is hurt. I really don't have the time to hunt around for numbers or deal with the standard bureaucratic run around one often gets in the quest for satisfaction or relief. That frustrates citizens and causes them to disengage, become bitter and abandon their individual roles in the governance of our city.
(Hmmm... maybe I should have posted this rant on the blog not here. Sorry.) I'll give the homeowner the number to UI.
Were you able to get down the street or did you have to back up and drive around the block? Did you make it to where you wanted to go without getting car jacked, robbed, or forced to buy drugs? Did anybody shoot at you?
If you want to live your life afraid of every child in your neighborhood then that is your choice. I'll tell you this, though. They are out there having fun and living their lives as best they can while you're at home locked in your house complaining on a website about your neighbors because they inconvenienced you a little bit and you're scared.
I'm done with this conversation. Goodbye.
This is great! I will be sending my info to get on the list. There are several of us who live and work in the West River neighborhood banding together to make our community stronger and more vibrant. I'm hoping we can figure out we can work together with the board to bring back this community asset.
@CM: Are you on our mailing list to find out about the things we're doing to make our West River neighborhood stronger?
A few of us will be working at Monitor Park Wednesday evening starting around 5:45. You should pop over and say hi.
Or meet us at 730 George Street for our monthly meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, 7/27) at 6.
So what you all are saying is that a PUBLIC park should be made inaccessible to a significant portion of the PUBLIC? Why don't we just burn it down so that NOBODY can access it.
Locking the gates or closing the park is NOT the answer. Inviting more people to USE the park as it was intended will bring more eyes into the park.
Furthermore, the folks who live in the projects near the park are not necessarily the ones dumping there. And being poor and living in subsidized housing does NOR automatically make you a trash dumper, thug or undesirable!!! I've seen more thugs, dumpers and people I have no desire to spend time with at Yacht and Country Clubs than I have in the projects. And I've seen INFINITELY more 'illegal activity' that hurts more people happening in corporate board rooms than I've ever seen in the projects.
Thank you Joanne for taking care of the plants in the monument. I do want to correct you on 2 things:
1. Reporting things on SCF is not 'complaining.' This is a tool designed specifically for residents to report things that are amiss in our neighborhoods. If we never complained we would never have anything.
2. I live down the street from the monument and see it everyday. In fact most of us on this post live in this neighborhood and are working together to make West River a better place. We have planted trees, cared for the International Peace Garden and Monitor park. We do frequent cleanups and are in the process of stepping it up a notch. If you want to hear more about what "our kind" is doing then I invite you to email me at email@example.com and lets set a time to talk or you can join us at our monthly meeting this Tuesday, July 27 at 6:00p.m. in the Community Room at 730 George Street.
Again thank you for your contribution to our neighborhood.
It had to be the Parks Department. They did a really good job. Hopefully next year we'll be able to help them out through the Greenspace program.
I am happy to close this item.