Why Is The Berke Administration At War With East Chattanooga? - And Response (2)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A little background, when I first moved here there was a beautiful house on the corner of Elmendorf and Taylor. The elderly lady who stayed there kept it up and had the most beautiful flowers. It was the prettiest house on Taylor even though its address was 2215 Elmendorf. 

Unfortunately she got put into a home. And while her local family tried to keep it up the responsible party, a grandson in Atlanta, did not.  Eventual the city took it for non-payment of taxes.

Did the city auction it off so some young urban pioneers could make it their dream home just as many have already done in the area? No.  Did the city turn it over to Habitat or some such other organization? No.  

They demolished it without notice over the holidays and ahead of the scheduled time, this weekend (Jan. 4 and 5).

Two other landowners who rent in the area have told me the house could have been saved. One just told me he tried to buy it.  But the contractor moved ahead of schedule.

Yes, I was one of the neighbors who complained about the house not being kept up. But we wanted someone to take ownership of the house and give the grand old lady the TLC she deserved.

This coupled with the rumors that the Berke Administration is not working with the group that is trying to revitalize the Glass Street area is disturbing. I guess Main Street and Highland Park should count their lucky stars they had the support of the Littlefield Administration. 

Looks like the rebirth of Classic East Chattanooga won't get the same support.

R.W. Young

Property Owner in East Chattanooga 

* * *

This practice didn't start with the Berke administration. It all started with certain cliques in neighborhoods banning together and making noise, filing complaints against targeted long time neighbors they wanted removed from the neighborhood. They complained in numbers and groups, because they'd been told their complaints would gain more volume. Long time homeowners would have no defense. 

The scheme was to get the property condemned so one of their own could take it over on the cheap. It was gentrification (weed 'n seed), under the guise and false pretense of revitalizing, with a more sinister twist. It's what my  buddy from another country came to realize and took action against, only for he and his family to feel the need to leave the city after receiving threats when he filed a federal complaint to get have the practice investigated. 

There's an old Chinese proverb that goes something like: When you dig one hole, dig two. One for your intended victim and another for yourself. I'd like to add to that proverb and say maybe you should dig a whole graveyard. Because lots of people are going to fall in and not just the intended target either.  

My question is, instead of complaining why didn't these "concerned citizens" just roll up their sleeves in an effort to help keep the property up themselves, pool their resources and buy the house? Wouldn't that have been a more humane and neighborly step to take?  

Berke administration at war? Nope. These folks are at war themselves and they don't even realize it.

Brenda Manghane-Washington

* * *

Cause this is where all the gangbangers are. It's gentrification, Mr. Young.

I grew up in East Chattanooga. I'm 71 years old. East Chattanooga was all white back then. Now it's mostly all black, and crime is rampant.

That's the reason the Berke administration is at war with East Chattanooga.

Donald Woods

Knoxville


An Alternative To Economic Development

If local and state politicians are truly interested in improving the lives of the poor they should take a look at the recent study by Steven Horwitz of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Breaking Down the Barriers:  Three Ways State and Local Governments Can Improve the Lives of the Poor.  The study takes a look at the regressive effects of occupational ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In August 2015

Those in the know tell me the month of August is National Peach Month, so as I take a stroll through garden, I am paying particular attention to the poppy and the gladiolus because they are the “birth flowers" of this month. But as we dole out our months Orchids and Onions, let’s substitute a peach and a pit, that hard seed you find when you bite into a peach. A PEACH to the ... (click for more)

Abdulazeez Apparently Went Target Shooting In River Gorge Area Prior To Rampage That Killed 5

A 24-year-old Hixson man who went on a rampage and killed five military personnel at Chattanooga apparently went target shooting in the Tennessee River Gorge area just beforehand. A Chattanoogan said he was canoeing the day before the shooting and heard Mohammad Abdulazeez shooting in the woods in a remote area. The man, who said he thought he was being shot at, looked ... (click for more)

Columnist Says Navy To Bring Charges Against Commander Of Chattanooga Naval Center Who Fired At Shooter

The Navy plans to bring charges against Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White, who fired shots at a Hixson man who on July 16 rammed through a gate at the facility on Amnicola Highway and killed four Marines and a sailor, columnist Allen West wrote. He said he received a text message confirming the charges are imminent against the Chattanoogan, who is the father of six and who has acknowledged ... (click for more)

CFC Hosts Indiana, Officials Hoping For 9,999+

 The Chattanooga Football Club is set to host the NPSL national semifinal match Saturday night at Finley Stadium.  CFC will take on the Indiana Fire who won the Midwest Region championship.   The game is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.   Last year, Chattanooga hosted Sacramento in a national semifinal game and drew more almost 9,000 fans.  Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Orange Grove's Gonzales Takes Gold In World Special Olympics

Debra Gonzales, a resident at Orange Grove Center, is a world champion. The cute 21-year-old, who moved to Chattanooga two years ago, took first place in the shot put at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles after entering the event on a whim.  Debra’s winning throw of 4.49 meters bested a 4.30 heave by Darinka Pasapera of Peru while Grace Dindillo of Papua, ... (click for more)