I broke my promise and actually attended a TNT meeting at Delaware School recently and it reinforced my reasoning for not attending in the first place. Our Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today is a classic example of a good idea gone bad.
For the life of me I can’t see how this process empowers low and moderate income neighborhoods. First of all, these people all know each other and don’t have time to spend rehashing what seems to be obvious to those Department heads and others in the room, “do your jobs.”
Like the Democratic Party Primary Voting process TNT is like living in a Caucus state and being forced to sit through hours of chit chat in order to cast a simple vote.
Imagine a process that reminds you of a Saturday afternoon movie on the LifeTime TV Network…these meetings go on and on and at some point there’s a part of your brain that says, “what’s being accomplished here?”
The Sectors are too big to make any difference what so ever. If you happen to live in a poor area that’s not well represented you’re better off with a Rabbits foot and Harry Potter’s Magic Wand.
I have to step back and give credit where credit is due Common Councilors Stephanie Minor and Pat Hogan walked or drove the neighborhood. Ms. Minor displayed detailed knowledge of the neighborhood, including the notorious housing code violators.
She looked up and said, “At some point we’re going to have to decide if it’s wise to have multiple housing agencies doing the same thing. ” Like a lightning bolt on a clear sunny day BINGO! Someone’s said it.
How can we have such a mess when we seem to have gotten so much from the New York and federal governments over the years?
In Syracuse your chances of getting a free sidewalk increase if there’s a Stripper’s Pole inside. While the elderly living feet away have to dig deep.
Syracuse has unlivable housing clusters masquerading as neighborhoods and those who sit in powerful positions have managed to hoodwink us into believing that they’re actually doing something. The TNT process is worse than the Community Development Advisory Committee it replaced. Let’s have another meeting!