The debacle of the mayor regarding the Delta Queen is very troubling. His mean-spirited comments and lack of respectful decorum I found appalling and think it signals the need for vigilance in monitoring his decision making and communication skills. With the public uproar it was clear he was not acting on the part of Chattanooga as a whole.
If he didn't call the historical gem an eyesore he certainly implied such. Speaking of eysores, what has happened with the Berke family-owned crime-ridden slums that were in need of great repair?
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Not to mention the Old Wheland and U.S. Pipe properties that hundreds of thousands of visitors see every day, entering and leaving Chattanooga. Everyone wants to talk about impressions from this area, that property is either the first impression new visitors have of Chattanooga, or the last impression of Chattanooga if they are on I-24.
However, the property is owned by developers that have endorsed Mayor Berke numerous times, so I doubt you will hear anything negative, about that trash pile beside I-24, coming from the mayor's office or anyone else connected with the inside group of the well connected.
I am including a link from this site to back up my claim. http://www.chattanoogan.com/2007/8/25/112160/Andy-Berke-Has-Remarkable-Qualities.aspx