A Home in Veterans Park- a city up for rent!
This was not the post I planned for today. My post was going to be about people and pride. However, in the last few hours I have received numerous calls from neighbors and residents as to what is happening at Veterans Park and the surrounding area , the plaza, the internet cafe and panhandling , 8th street and the library .
Do you remember this post from a group of individuals in November 2010- under the nom de plume T Paine in the Open for Discussion serieshttp://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/open-for-discussion-guest-blog-the-limits-of-charity-t-paine/
It is a question that is being danced around in Lorain.
There have been at numerous meetings discussing the homeless, crime and general decay we are experiencing in Lorain. There are meetings regarding the growing homeless need. No one is looking at the root of the problem.
There exists in Lorain County a great disparity of social services. While everyone agrees that there is great need and that we should help those that are less fortunate, there should be limits to our assistance and an expectation of change as a result of our investment. If you look at Lorain and the disparity of services that we as a community provide compared to social services by all of the other cities in the county; then we in Lorain are either the nicest, most charitable people or the least intelligent. This would then mean that our surrounding neighbor communities are either made up of the most thoughtless or the most intelligent people.
I would suggest a reread of that post .
I am as compassionate as most and sometimes more compassionate than a good number of folks BUT
as I mentioned in an email ( hopefully it got through to the city email) last night mentioning once again the monument had been graffitied-
We cannot continue to have a few individuals create such an unpleasant climate of fear and unpleasantness when so many indivuals are trying so hard to focus on the positive aspect of a “downtown”
There are a few young miscreants that seem to be at the center of the activity in the park. I saw them this afternoon on their bikes playing chicken with the traffic by the old Smokes for Less. We need to step up security in this area. People put a lot of work into Veterans Park just last month it is a shame that a few are spoiling what has stood for centuries.
The new handrail the victim of the skateboard.
The homeless men ( one of whom apparently was groping himself – through his clothes as a female resident was walking through the park on a summer evening)settling down early in the evening so as to get the best bench- first come first served- ( what happened to the spacers so a bench could be made for sitting and not sleeping??)
Under the Foltin administration – when the fountain was broken one of reasons they didn’t want to spend the money to get it going was
the homeless wash their clothes and bathe in it
IF THE CITY OF LORAIN AND SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES INSIST ON BEING CHARITABLE THEN THE CITY OF LORAIN AND THOSE AGENCIES- SUCH AS THE ADULT PAROLE AUTHORITY – THE VARIOUS CHURCHES AND PROGRAMS- HAVE TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THEIR CLIENTS.
THERE IS A RESPONSIBILITY TO ALL WE DO AND THEY ALSO HAVE A RESPONSIBILTY TO THE REST OF THE THOSE OF US HERE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD! AND REMEMBER “those charitable organizations have paid directors and staff they are also a “BUSINESS”
We don’t want our fellow-man to suffer-we want to help but with that help in doing so then you take on a responsibility of making sure your “clients” the people you are helping have all their needs met.
I know that there are situations where some folk wouldn’t go to a shelter to sleep – there are mental health issues-
BUT I also know that thanks to at least one now defunct “charity” -Compass House and the RSO – we have more RSO’s due to their “importation policy”- we are still feeling the ripple effect of that program.
Veteran’s Park is a memorial to freedom and those that fought for that freedom- Graffiti is unacceptable on that monument to freedom. The view of that monument has now been made more visible- we can no longer HIDE from our issues – not if we want a healthy downtown and neighborhood
So what are we going to do
What are we going to do about making sure those that are in the business of charity also provide the security to the rest of the population who also like to use the library , frequent the business around their organizations such as Catholic Charities on 8th street, walk through a park on a summer evening across from city hall and the police Dept.
After the council meeting last Monday where many Block Watch people were in attendance- I drove out of the parking lot to behind the police station to find two young miscreants up to no good hiding things in the dumpster next to the city storage shed- I was alone but I stopped asked them if there was a problem- was promptly told what I could do and how to do it- I just left part of me hoping they would get a nasty infection from the garbage.
How are you going to get people to “want to be downtown” when they are uncomfortable………
Ideas , I sure would like to hear some …………
We cannot continue to have a few individuals create such an unpleasant climate of fear and unpleasantness – (like it or not that is the perception of my neighborhood and our downtown )when so many individuals are trying so hard to focus on the positive aspect of a “downtown”
There has to be follow through and maintenance of not only our infrastructure , buildings, roads but also of quality of life and social needs. Otherwise just like the historic light that fell in Veterans Park last week – (did it fall or was it pushed;)- the lack of dealing with the problems head on will only result in more damage and destruction and the loss of “light”-