Closing Of East Lake/West Side Inevitable?, But. . .

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Although I was shouted down, I warned years ago about the closing of public housing all across the nation, and the people involved should just be upfront and honest about it. Now, the subject is on the table again. It was inevitable that things would come to this. All any of us who are fair minded and have been humbled by life experiences can hope for is Chattanooga will at least be more humane than it was when the city went after Alton Park tenants. The tactics used even spilled over and caused friction and mistrust in nearby parallel communities, causing opened wounds  and fractured relations not easily healed.
The way the city went after its poor in that case to justify closing the units down were at times inhumane and extreme. Some of those people to this day have never been able to regroup and make a comeback.

The perception of these areas being dangerous was manufactured and implanted in those communities just for the sole purpose to justify closing them down and scattering the people to points unknown.

Over the  past four decades there have been so many "wars" waged on the poor and inner cities all across the nation that it's a wonder there's anything left to move. If those same wars had been waged anywhere else, from Lookout Mountain, to Signal Mountain, Harrison, Hixson, Ooltewah, Soddy Daisy and any similar area across the nation those areas would have collapsed, crumbled, crashed and burned much sooner. I'm humbled by the strength and stamina of the city's poor, and the poor all across the nation for surviving as long as they have. 

I guess you gotta do what you gotta do, Chattanooga. But there's no reason to be mean  and uncaring about it. 

Brenda Manghane-Washington

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