Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Murder in the Glen Oak School Impact Zone

The Glen Oak Neighborhood Impact Zone, a two-block area in the East Bluff – the city's top target area for crime reduction, neighborhood revitalization and home improvement assistance, surrounding District 150’s new $25 million Glen Oak School.

Last night’s East Bluff murder at Peoria Food Stop Inc., took place immediately across the street from the new Glen Oak School (one block from the Boy's and Girl's Club).

The Glen Oak Neighborhood Impact Zone was identified by the City Council in May 2009 to be targeted for revitalization. The city designated millions of dollars in public investment, with more than $3 million in sidewalk and road projects already completed.

The City has already noted that there has been very few applications for down payment assistance to purchase a home near Glen Oak School. This murder in the Impact Zone certainly won’t help the situation. Unfortunate.

Related read: A Matter of Time

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Trusting our Council will "Do Right"

It's time for our City Council to do what's right and vote to end the contract with the East Bluff Housing Services. The issue has been before the Council more times than I care to recount, but you can read about them here, here, here and here.

There are too many issues that remain outstanding.

The current contract is selling the homeowners in the East Bluff short. The East Bluff can do better and the City Council can help. If in the past the City has been lax on controls to the point that the EBHS is doing a disservice to taxpayers (which *Karrie Alms and team can show), it is time for them to go ahead and admit that this thing got away from them and it's time to pull it in.

From time-to-time the City Council has got to do right by the home owners who live in the older neighborhoods and give some incentive for living there. Now is one of those times for the Council - "Do Right".
*apologies for the mis-spelling