Just out of curiosity why do the majority of you who dwell in this virtual space take a dump on every single thing that Happens in OS? Take gulf for ex. Who is incapable of offering anything but negativity. I wonder if it is the anonymity of this space that brings out the true you which as anyone can see you are some pretty sad cases incapable of extending an atta boy when it comes to this city.
So you base your financial decisions....on feeling? Not logic & analysis?
I read the data & "read" what I see with my own eyes. Half the Winn Dixie plaza is empty. Half the units @ the strip malls by Walmart...are empty. Even in D'Iberville half the units by Walmart are unoccupied & I guarantee the rents are firesale low or will be very soon as the economy continues to stumble along.
You ever hear the phrase "hope in one hand & sh*t in the other & see which one fills up first?" I'm not going to bring my personal political beliefs but if you must know I tend to lean Democratic. But even I'm smart enough to know that Obama's "hope" slogans are just nonsense designed to get otherwise poor or desperate sad people worked up & excited even though no matter even if he got a solid Democratic majority in both houses of congress he still continue do a miracle & pull the economy out of the sh*tter in 3 or 4 years time.
In the same way -- you can have all the "hope" & "atta boy" good will you want but its not gonna change fundamental economic reality. And that's that when I was younger even 20 years ago the shipyard had 30k jobs that supported many people who lived in Ocean Springs & Jackson Co.
Now that there are only 9k or so jobs left @ that shipyard -- where the hell do those 20k plus people work? Probably in retail for a fraction of their former salaries.
You can't take away high paying union-protected shipyard jobs, replace them with a bunch of crap paying "McJobs" at Sonic or Super Walmart & expect to have the same demand.
The problem is that people don't have as much cash flow as they did 10 years ago. People are overly indebted on everything from car debt to credit cards to student loans to underwater mortgages.
Its not anything really that any local politician is doing. Its just the broader economy & the decline in the traditional manufacturing economy that helped build this region.
The homeport in Pascagoula, is also gone. Those shipyard jobs that Trent Lott & Gene Taylor protected for us, are gone, as are those 2 good old boys.
My family wouldn't even be in this region, & I think there are probably tens of thousands of other locals like me, if it wasn't for that shipyard. My family came here over 40 years ago(Trent Lott was the same, his dad was a shipyard worker) to work @ that yard.
As the region's economy declined -- all I've been able to find is crap service work. The oil spill actually was the best work I've had in years, & in comparison to other parts of the country, the pay was nothing.
Ocean Springs needs 10k shipyard jobs propping up spending in the local economy. Not more useless bars & "retail" jobs that pay 9 dollars an hour(if that).
The problem is that we have a service economy & a mountain of debt & irrationally high real estate prices propping up local govts. And the market is correcting that.
It has nothing to do with being a "negative nancy" or whichever term you wish to use. It has to do with there aren't as many high paying jobs around any more to prop up people or their spending. It really is that simple.
And without those high paying jobs you have low wages & debt.
And I think most people around here know this, but just won't say it. And I think a lot of ppl around here are like me -- if we could find a better job in another region -- we'd leave. But we're stuck here because we were hoping for a turnaround @ the shipyard or related industry that never materialized.