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Residents Must Talk About City’s Problems

March 10, 2013

The section of Charles Street between McKinley and Newland avenues is a perfect microcosm of Jamestown....

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Mar-11-13 8:39 PM

When I was just out of college, I rented an apartment on this block. My first child was born while in this apartment (1987). I have to admit that I didn’t feel that it was a great neighborhood back then. As these old neighborhoods age, they usually don’t get any better. Especially the neighborhoods that have had the big old houses subdivided into multi family homes. I believe that many of these divisions were completed after zoning regulated against doing so. To my knowledge no (or few) repercussions have followed owners who do this. Then once the property is this way for a while it is grandfathered and accepted. This plight is why it was zoned out, and then we are surprised when crime gets more prevalent? How many council members have now (or over the years) own rental property??

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Mar-11-13 3:59 PM

You really start to wonder when they are closing schools in the city while building Apple Yard welfare housing projects. Sounds like a place I'd like to live!

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Mar-11-13 3:55 PM

Don't worry! Adecco is looking for 100 temp jobs for Cummings! LOL, I'm sure our local legislator's children will be taking advantage of this!

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Mar-11-13 3:15 PM

Creating an atmosphere where businesses would want to hire here is key. Why would anyone want to start here with all of the red tape. Also, if there are no jobs, move to where the jobs are. I did....

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Mar-10-13 11:30 AM

redbird: I agree and see no particular problem with a work requirement that is much stronger that the welfare to wrk program we have now (I am not sure but I think the "make work" type of jobs for these recipients require 20 hrs per month anyway: work is definitely one piece of the puzzle!

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Mar-10-13 10:18 AM

Duckster,although I agree with a lot of your posts,this is where we part ways. The welfare[poor] connection and crime cannot be more evident than the streets above and below second street and it's spreading. We need industry back,and welfare to work to follow that lead. One year while on welfare,you will be taught a trade,and how to manage finances.After a year you must pay your own way. If you lose your job because of layoff,the system will help. If you lose your job because of irresponsible behavior,Find another job with the skills the system taught you,or leave the state.A return to welfare would not be an option.JOBS JOBS JOBS!!! THAT's THE ANSWER!!!!!!

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Mar-10-13 9:42 AM

Welfare is not the problem. Poverty is a major driver here. Rich, middle class, or poor we are all stakeholders I like the author's idea of starting a coherent (read: non PJ MR) dialog here.

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Mar-10-13 9:26 AM

With the influx of welfare recipients Jamestown has experienced in the last fifteen years only a fool would believe that crime would not follow. The townhouses and condos that have been built for these recipients is over the top,just ask anyone who works for a living. The parks and playgrounds that have been built for their children turn into Gorkey park at night. If in Miami International airport in the mens room on the wall is written Jamestown,welfare capital of new york state. Stop the connection from Miami to new york city,to jamestown and you can get a handle on some of the crime your dealing with. Bloomberg invites them to New York,30 days latter they are on welfare and registered democrats heading for Jamestown.Is the price we pay for politics really worth it?

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Mar-10-13 7:36 AM

real problem is corrupt city hall. ask the cops, if they will tell you.

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