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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Go Land-Use Planning: Community Revitalization Just Needs To Be Started


I know that when some residents look at community revitalization it seems as if it is the hardest and most troublesome thing in the world. It does require observing and acknowledging all the problems in the neighborhood.

These problems can be trash, deteriorating houses, bad yards, terrible potholes, tree trunks growing in the road, fallen trees, bad weeds growing from deteriorating houses, crumbling sidewalks, un-supplied public schools, no transit, and so forth. A lot of the communities in the US require a lot of work. 


In all this, solutions vary. Because issues in a community are aggravating and tiring, all solutions must be simple. 


We take time out of the day for picking up trash. We get metal drums for destroying it. We use recycle bins for plastic and elect someone to take them to a recycle center. Or, we could call a center for recycle and get them to pick it up. We fill in potholes, put cones around the broken sidewalks, keep the yards trimmed, and just stand and stare as those damn tree trunks coming out of the road, like, what the hell. 


SURE there are major issues that hurt revitalization, such as the deteriorating house next door and the tree trunks. 


Tree trunks demand new creativity in a neighborhood. It would require a work-around which involves changing the entire landscape to suit it. Another major issue is the landlord-abandoned house and yard. It would be hard for the community to get together and try to get the yards taken care of. That property belongs to a landlord somewhere. It is not anyone else's problem or responsibility. It is also something that no one wants to pay the local lawn man for. It is also something that no one wants to be going court for because they are deemed trespassing.


THEN again if its not taken care of, families would have to worry about the snake that crosses the road, ventures onto the sidewalk, fires, bats, rats, and just complete ugliness. Nobody wants the neighborhood to even look like a haven for criminal usage with abandoned ragged houses. 



COMMUNITY revitalization requires money, and I of course promote the usage of pennies. I had someone say to me that their home needed a lot of work. I told her that you just have to start making changes on your house and property board-by-board. 


For a home buyer or owner, this is something one would do as a low-income individual. And for low-income individuals, this is the wisest way to do it. It takes longer, but it gets done.



THE point this blog post is making for any and all communities is that revitalization only takes time. It takes patience and compromise especially with those landlords. It is necessary only to begin the process of revitalization. And it does not have to be an everyday thing, maybe only on weekends or some other time. 
Overall, begin the needed changes in your neighborhood or community together with a clear plan and approach to all the issues and it will definitely pay off. 



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