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Monday, August 1, 2011
"Not more than ten steps into our visit at Taft Homes, we saw the evidence everywhere. A dead rat, holes under the porches, in the ground, and even in people's homes. A woman living at Taft Homes in Peoria called the WMBD newsroom looking for help. Rats were taking over her housing complex. Brenda Coleman said she had been telling management about the problem for months, but nothing happened. After our station told the Peoria Housing Authority what we saw, it got to work right away."
We also saw what has been described as "a large-scale illegal fireworks display in a housing complex adjacent to the state’s largest Fourth of July celebration" - another thing that an active management should have seen.
Did I say active management? Perhaps thats the problem, because you see, I have it from a reliable source that the PHA manager at Taft walked out earlier this summer and last week the replacement manager walked out and as of right now, there is NO ONE literally NO ONE, on the property managing it. The doors to the office were locked all last week.
After the Fourth of July debacle there was a lot of talk about increasing security in Taft Homes. Well, I guess they haven't done it yet, because I heard that Saturday night (July 30th), gun shots were being fired for about an hour straight and it was so bad, some residents wouldn't even go home. Wonder why that didn't make the pjstar.
While we are talking about guns, shooting and not making the news... I also heard that Friday night (July 29th), several guys were shooting in Harrison Homes.
Funny, the last couple of days I was thinking things (i.e., shootings) seemed to have calmed down a bit (guess I was wrong). Unfortunately, I now have to rely on the "on the ground reports" from people in the hood to find out what is really going on in Peoria's housing projects.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Today, Billy Dennis posed this question:
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Billy, I would post this on your blog, but for some reason I continue to be unable to post there - anyhoo, go to WMBD1470 and look at the first piece they published on the "Taft riots", look at the terms the story was filed under. Fox News, simply found an AP photo that reflects what WMBD 1470 filed the story under "disaster, accident, war and conflict". In other words, WMBD gave Fox News the ammunition (pun intended).
Gotta go, I'm not supposed to be posting while on vacation! Carry on...
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Officers were called at 1:56 a.m. Wednesday to the 700 block of Northeast Adams Street after a resident in the area heard a single shot fired outside one of the Taft Homes apartment complexes.
Four officers were in the area near Wayne Street, the northern boundary of Taft Homes, when another shot exploded in close proximity to the police. The shot was so close, police took cover, then approached the courtyard where the gunfire was believed to have originated.
No one was found, and no shell casings were discovered, though a report noted that the shot sounded like it came from a rifle. It may have been fired out of an apartment window, though it ultimately was unclear whether police officers were the intended targets. Source
Monday, August 24, 2009
PJStar, June 9, 2009 - Residents living in the soon-to-be redeveloped Taft Homes must comply with the Peoria Housing Authority's Housing Incentive Program that requires them to have full-time jobs or a part-time job and schooling, a good rental history and utilities in their own name. That likely will sweep many residents - none of whom currently pay utilities and some of whom don't have jobs - out. PHA officials acknowledge some will not conform. They will be moved to other public housing. Harrison Homes specifically was cited.
PJStar, June 22, 2009 - The PHA is planning on redeveloping Taft Homes housing units to include some public housing, affordable housing and market-rate housing. The city says it would like to see 85 percent of the units at fair market value and only 15 percent subsidized. City Economic Development Director Craig Hullinger said he wants to work with the PHA to get “high-quality development” on the prime riverfront property.
In a recently updated report, housing market research firm Tracy Cross & Associates Inc. still contends Downtown and the nearby Warehouse District could absorb 200 or more new housing units annually over the next several years.
“Not only has Downtown Peoria’s housing market not changed dramatically in the last year, but more importantly, Peoria has yet to fully serve its *Downtown employment base with adequate housing alternatives, a factor clearly highlighted in our original analysis. Equally as important is the simple fact that Peoria is only now ramping up its efforts to implement the Downtown revitalization effort.” (Downtown employment base = Caterpillar)
Class trumps race in America's inner cities
The marriage of wealth and power means disaster for those who have neither, and it's a catastrophe for low-income people of color.
In urban centers across the country, minorities are being shunned to the side as real estate developers turn them out of their homes, and housing authorities turn a blind eye. The forced gentrification of majority minority neighborhoods is happening quietly and deliberately as bloated rents force impoverished renters to vacate in order to make room for the wealthier tenants. Public housing projects in inner cities like Oakland, Chicago and Brooklyn now face the threat of demolition as city-planned ‘urban renewal’ duplicitously masks city-conspired ‘gentrification.’
Mariana Viturro, co-director of the St. Peter’s Housing Committee, a group that fights for tenants' rights in San Francisco, said the residents of these housing projects are the victims of land speculation and market forces.
The city of Oakland, Calif., recently approved a plan called the Hoover/West MacArthur Vision Statement that would allow the redevelopment of several housing projects and result in the displacement of hundreds of low-income renters. This is all part of the city's plan to “clean up” the Hoover/West MacArthur area.
This plan of fixing up the impoverished parts of Oakland is a thinly veiled collision between housing authorities and real estate developers to get rid of the poor. Land is money. Landlords are raising the rents to exorbitant amounts so tenants are forced to vacate, and developers can swoop in to renovate the buildings. This attracts upper-class tenants who can afford to pay higher rents, thus raising the property value.
It’s another classic example of low-income people being pushed out of their neighborhoods once their presence becomes an inconvenience. Blacks and Hispanics were once driven to the inner cities after World War II by the possibility of jobs and pushed out of suburbia because they were usually denied access to suburban home purchases. Now history is repeating itself in reverse, as whites flee back to cities and oust low-income tenants. Now it's primarily class and not race that has become the separating line.
In the fight for equality, it looks like America has only managed to make a lateral move with the invisible barrier becoming class instead of race. The truth is being silently mapped out across urban grids everywhere, as income becomes the great de-equalizer.
The war on poverty has finally turned into a war against the poor where class can substitute for race. Source