How To Revitalize Greeneville

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May 19, 2013
 

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OK my question is, what if we all decided not to pay our taxes? and than they just decide to come take all our properties ? and auction them off to whom ever, so now we are stuck with the same politicians and and are homeless.

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There is nothing interesting to get out of your car for, in town. A few sidewalk cafes, maybe a newspaper/magazine stand would go well.
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#123
May 19, 2013
 
South Greene Resident wrote:
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I agree. The whole country is in a downslide. The federal government is in such a decline, I see little hope of any kind of fix. Perhaps the begin of the country's decline coincided with my move to this area, making it seem like Greeneville is the issue. Maybe this is the way it is everywhere and I just don't know it yet? I hope not. I look around and fear for the future, for the life my children will lead, the struggles they will have. I don't think I am so different that everyone else. I am hoping for the revitalization of and idyllic American small town. If no one hopes for better, tries to make it better, it will never be realized.
I think that the slide does coincide with your move to Greeneville. The standard of living for the middle class has declined over the last few years. Wages are stagnant, while inflation eats up people's incomes. There are far more people on disability. There are far more single mothers, which just about guarantees a life of poverty, and takes money out of everybody's pocket to raise their children. There are far fewer people in the workplace.

Of course there are areas in the country which do quite well. They are not generally small towns, which are not that close to bigger cities however, unless they have the luxury of having the right type of successful industry, medical center, university, etc. The nearest thing that you will find to an idyllic small town is to go to New Hampshire or Vermont, or go across the mountain to Cashiers, North Carolina. They have managed to keep out the mega stores. I am old enough to remember the way it used to be , and I miss it too.
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Historically Greene County has been largely agriculture, which has been dying out for decades and is now nothing like it was just 25 yrs. ago.

Greeneville once had plenty of manufacturing jobs for local high school grads,(or drop-outs) and now those good paying jobs are mostly gone and aren't coming back.

Kids who get college degrees have no future in Greeneville so must look elsewhere for gainful employment.

What's the solution? An era has passed and we move foward into a new one, for better or worse.

Maybe younger, more progressive-thinking local leadership will help, I know the current leadership isn't working at all.
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#125
May 19, 2013
 
I like it. Have you seen downtown Newport???? Wasteland.
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#126
May 19, 2013
 
South Greene Resident wrote:
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I agree. The whole country is in a downslide. The federal government is in such a decline, I see little hope of any kind of fix. Perhaps the begin of the country's decline coincided with my move to this area, making it seem like Greeneville is the issue. Maybe this is the way it is everywhere and I just don't know it yet? I hope not. I look around and fear for the future, for the life my children will lead, the struggles they will have. I don't think I am so different that everyone else. I am hoping for the revitalization of and idyllic American small town. If no one hopes for better, tries to make it better, it will never be realized.
And what are your ideas, south greene resident? Don't get lost in generalizations of fear and dread and oh it's bad everywhere. What changes would you like to see? what really bothers you the most, even if you can't change it....

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regina wrote:
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I rather like the Mexicans, and their cooking. It's nice to have something new in the greene county mix. don't you get a little weary of the samo samo upper east tennessee monoculture.
That's probably because you're married to one of them things. Go away.

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#128
May 19, 2013
 
It's up to the building owners. Either fix up those dumps or tear them down.
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Mr Christian wrote:
It's up to the building owners. Either fix up those dumps or tear them down.
How much you think to fix one up? How much tear down and dispose? They probably have asbestos roofs. That's a hazardous material to dispose of.
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Mr Christian wrote:
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That's probably because you're married to one of them things. Go away.
Revitalization through irrational assumptions, belligerance, and intolerance; the Greeneville action plan according to Mr Christian?
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regina quintana wrote:
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Revitalization through irrational assumptions, belligerance, and intolerance; the Greeneville action plan according to Mr Christian?
If you're going to sneak into this country Vagina Quintana, at least learn the language. It's belligerence.
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learn the language wrote:
<quoted text>If you're going to sneak into this country Vagina Quintana, at least learn the language. It's belligerence.
Irrational assumptions again; they're a favored way on conversing on Greeneville Topix, and this one has a tone of dim authoritarian prejudice.
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May 19, 2013
 
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Irrational assumptions again; they're a favored way on conversing on Greeneville Topix, and this one has a tone of dim authoritarian prejudice.
Besa mi cula, Senorita Cantina.
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#134
May 19, 2013
 
Have a greeneville lottery

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#135
May 19, 2013
 
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Have a greeneville lottery
The entire town, individual buildings, streets?
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#136
May 20, 2013
 
Gville not for everybody wrote:
<quoted text>Do the stores and markets not also screw the retired folks, or do they get a deal?
THEY GET A SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNT!
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#137
May 20, 2013
 
OUTLAW RACER wrote:
<quoted text>Just for my information, would YOU know a real communist if you met one? And, if you 'ran out,' the government, courts, and law enforcement what would you replace those agencies with?
WHO WOULD?! IT TAKES TIME TO SEE WHAT SOMEONE DOES! FIRST OF ALL, BEFORE I PUT ANYONE IN OFFICE, I'D MAKE DAM SURE THEY HAVE BEEN HONEST ALL THEIR LIFE AND A CLEAN RECORD, I'D MAKE SURE ALL THEY HAVE DONE IS HELP PEOPLE! COME ON PEOPLE, GROW SOME SENSE!
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#138
May 20, 2013
 
I have been thru greenville and found it to be a fair town. The town leaders should take a trip to lenoir city,to see how they are doing it,they grow about twenty five to thirty percent every year. Of couse location does have a lot to do with it. I know that they have two or three new businesses every year. On the other hand a large vacation attraction could change everything,given the location. A four wheeling park for example.
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#139
May 20, 2013
 
Charlie Brown wrote:
I have been thru greenville and found it to be a fair town. The town leaders should take a trip to lenoir city,to see how they are doing it,they grow about twenty five to thirty percent every year. Of couse location does have a lot to do with it. I know that they have two or three new businesses every year. On the other hand a large vacation attraction could change everything,given the location. A four wheeling park for example.
Lenoir City got its first shot in the arm from the federal government. TVA built the Fort Loudon Dam, and Fort Loudon and Watts Bar Reservoirs on the Tennessee River in the 1940's. Then in the 1950's and 60's two interstate highways ( I-40 and I-75) intersected just above Lenoir City. It has also been the beneficiary of Knoxville's groth toward Nashville westward along I-40. Greeneville has nothing comparable.

Like I stated earlier, small towns that grow generally are on either a navigable river, ocean port, interstate highway or major railroad intersection, or a bedroom community for a larger city. Lenoir City has at least 3 of these. I'm not sure about the railroad criterion. Greenville has zero.
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May 20, 2013
 
Benny Hill wrote:
<quoted text>Lenoir City got its first shot in the arm from the federal government. TVA built the Fort Loudon Dam, and Fort Loudon and Watts Bar Reservoirs on the Tennessee River in the 1940's. Then in the 1950's and 60's two interstate highways ( I-40 and I-75) intersected just above Lenoir City. It has also been the beneficiary of Knoxville's groth toward Nashville westward along I-40. Greeneville has nothing comparable.
Like I stated earlier, small towns that grow generally are on either a navigable river, ocean port, interstate highway or major railroad intersection, or a bedroom community for a larger city. Lenoir City has at least 3 of these. I'm not sure about the railroad criterion. Greenville has zero.
Yes they do have all of those things going for them,however it was a sleepy little town,until the early 90's. The town counsels members have made quite a effort to bring in new businesses and it worked for them,i think that Greenvilles location near major tourists attractions is your biggest asset. If you have lots of land , a fourwheeling park would be ideal for starters,then that could be built upon from there. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

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