Not much going in the city right now. The statue issue has slipped off the front page, the top people at 5-East are hunkered down trying to stay off the radar and hope the public does not vote, which they probably won’t. National elections are filling the airwaves and locally the printed pages have little in the way of political ads…..money is tight and opposition in local races is almost non-existent. 84 days until election day.
No new reports from the economic director; he too is hunkered down somewhere deep inside the new commerce center, a place where brilliance is kept at a minimum and reserved for a select group who reside in a world of their very own. The Economic Director is going for a record of sorts….a city employee who has drawn the most paychecks without anything to show for it. He wants to take credit for the new store called 124….hell he’d take credit for a bank robbery if he could. He and this Main Street director who walks around downtown looking in store windows….what’s he looking for?
Word has it…this from one of my sources deep inside 5-East, that a Young lady named Determan is heading up the Blue Zone project. Further word has it her salary is somewhere between 68 and 70 large; that along with what is reputed to be 4 or 5 more people working under her…they too get paid. Here is the question; why hasn’t the public been informed about this expenditure and more importantly….where is this money coming from?
Our downtown is a lot like that Chinese condiment called Sweet & Sour sauce. We have some wonderful lighting and sidewalks but the buildings look bombed out. I am not in favor of the city paying to remodel the store fronts, I think the people who own the buildings should do that with some uniformity in mind…color codes and such along with materials used. Right now it looks like a guy in a blue suit who is wearing brown shoes….its just not working.
Nobody is talking about the North End anymore, at least not in print. I see Tim Latham speaking at one of the council meeting, he was talking about their organization which was formed right after the Civil War, I think it’s called the North End Alliance. An Alliance is something that is alined to something else, in this case it seems to be murder, dope and violence. How does the saying go? “After all is said and done, more will be said than done.” Eric’s priority should be the North End but he’s too busy moving his desk right now.
Brent Trout is reconnoitering at 5 East with Eric trying to figure out a way to cut more expenses from the city budget; they both should consider resigning, now that would be the sweetest cut of all.