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'We're trying to make a comeback,' Mon Valley mayor says at legislative meeting

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Local leaders met with state legislators to plead for assistance for ever-growing financial problems.

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My take

Mckeesport, PA

#1 May 29, 2013
4 shootings last night. 1 fatal and the other 3 ????? anyone have any insight?

Have the shootings here become so commonplace that we don't even bother to alert the residents of this city about the non-lethal incidents that may have occurred down the block?
singledadwith4ki ds

Elizabeth, PA

#2 May 29, 2013
the projects are a mess..if your "innocent" then i would stay out of there..as a black man i can honestly say these young "nigguhs" are crazy!!
Troublemaker

Pittsburgh, PA

#3 May 30, 2013
Cherepko said his city is working on demolishing blighted properties, which he hopes will curb crime and drug activity.

How do blighted properties contribute to crime and drug activity?
Lordy lordy

Mckeesport, PA

#4 May 30, 2013
Troublemaker wrote:
Cherepko said his city is working on demolishing blighted properties, which he hopes will curb crime and drug activity.
How do blighted properties contribute to crime and drug activity?
The problem is when homeowners are allowed to abandon homes without a backward glance.

If the city would enforce its ordinances and make homeowners board up their property and keep their yards free of trash and weeds, maybe some enterprising individuals would see it as an opportunity to make an honest living off of all the blight that surrounds us.

As it is now, these abandoned buildings only fuel the illegal scrap trade.

Since: Apr 11

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#6 May 31, 2013
Lordy lordy wrote:
<quoted text>The problem is when homeowners are allowed to abandon homes without a backward glance.
If the city would enforce its ordinances and make homeowners board up their property and keep their yards free of trash and weeds, maybe some enterprising individuals would see it as an opportunity to make an honest living off of all the blight that surrounds us.
As it is now, these abandoned buildings only fuel the illegal scrap trade.
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Problem is , many of these homes are owned by slumlords 'known' to those in 'ghetto-office'. I agree with you , if those who own these rundown, abandoned eyesores in this dump and own homes or property elsewhere - have liens or property seizures placed upon them for the costs of demolition. The free living welfare trash ain't paying for the homes they destroyed - so why should the working class taxpayers left here be forced to pay for the monster these liberal agendas have created ?
Too Sad and Meaningless

Mckeesport, PA

#7 May 31, 2013
Who is in charge of security at the complex?
helen handjob

West Mifflin, PA

#8 Jun 2, 2013
i got off of welfare and am now giving out hand jobs in renzie park behind stephen barry field on mon,weds, fri 7-10pm

bring a friend
makes a great birthday present and graduation gift
Transfer Public Housing

Mckeesport, PA

#9 Jun 2, 2013
One solution might be to have the affluent municipalities like Fox Chapel, Mt. Lebo, Upper Sinclair, Mount Vernon, and Cranberry take their fare share of the McKeesport, Clairton, Duquense, Homewood, Hill District, and Braddock public housing.
Eddie

Pittsburgh, PA

#10 Jun 3, 2013
How about tearing the projects down? Seriously. Tear them down, with the pigs in it, and this will be a win-win. Get rid of the pigs
Be you

Killeen, TX

#11 Jun 3, 2013
Transfer Public Housing wrote:
One solution might be to have the affluent municipalities like Fox Chapel, Mt. Lebo, Upper Sinclair, Mount Vernon, and Cranberry take their fare share of the McKeesport, Clairton, Duquense, Homewood, Hill District, and Braddock public housing.
Why destroy someone elses nice home, because a person decided to be a failure in life. You reap what you so. Stupid does what stupid is. Any of that sink into your thick heads, if not, take the easy way out, don't hurt the innocent and jump off a bridge...
people know you probably can't swim.
Bungee Jumpers

Mckeesport, PA

#12 Jun 4, 2013
Be you wrote:
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Why destroy someone elses nice home, because a person decided to be a failure in life. You reap what you so. Stupid does what stupid is. Any of that sink into your thick heads, if not, take the easy way out, don't hurt the innocent and jump off a bridge...
people know you probably can't swim.
Bungee jump meet at the Big Gorge bridge in WVA. See you there in August.
Troublemaker

Pittsburgh, PA

#13 Jun 4, 2013
Be you wrote:
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Why destroy someone elses nice home, because a person decided to be a failure in life. You reap what you so. Stupid does what stupid is. Any of that sink into your thick heads, if not, take the easy way out, don't hurt the innocent and jump off a bridge...
people know you probably can't swim.
Actually, that's how it's supposed to work. Certain municipalities aren't supposed to be dumping grounds or target areas for low-income housing. If you think every person with subsidized housing in McKeesport is a McKeesporter, you'd be wrong. Alot of them end up here from other towns.

The more affluent communities get around it with zoning laws that prohibit multi-unit housing and higher property values, either because there are few vacant properties, or the slumlord can't make a profit renting to low-income tenants.
Twernt the Mormons

Mckeesport, PA

#14 Jun 4, 2013
Eddie wrote:
How about tearing the projects down? Seriously. Tear them down, with the pigs in it, and this will be a win-win. Get rid of the pigs
HUD rules say that if you tear down a unit, you need to recreate that unit elsewhere. HUD recognizes obsolescence and little else.

So if the MHA demolishes say, 50 or 100 units, the MHA needs to situate those 50 or 100 units elsewhere in the city.

15 - 20 years ago, the city was able to challenge that 1 for 1 HUD rule by citing population decline. At that time, our percentage of subsidized vs non-subsidized housing stock was off the national charts.

With the population decline we've experienced since then, we're long overdue to cite that same argument and challenge the process again.

With the everyday violence that occurs in our subsidized housing complexes, MHA and city leaders should be all over this.
No Only the Port

Mckeesport, PA

#15 Jun 5, 2013
Twernt the Mormons wrote:
<quoted text>HUD rules say that if you tear down a unit, you need to recreate that unit elsewhere. HUD recognizes obsolescence and little else.
So if the MHA demolishes say, 50 or 100 units, the MHA needs to situate those 50 or 100 units elsewhere in the city.
15 - 20 years ago, the city was able to challenge that 1 for 1 HUD rule by citing population decline. At that time, our percentage of subsidized vs non-subsidized housing stock was off the national charts.
With the population decline we've experienced since then, we're long overdue to cite that same argument and challenge the process again.
With the everyday violence that occurs in our subsidized housing complexes, MHA and city leaders should be all over this.
I seem to recall years ago a similar situation of an abundance of public housing in East St. Louis, with a corresponding combat zone, that quickly became a ghost town due to lack of maintenance.
Good Luck With That

Mckeesport, PA

#16 Jun 5, 2013
Twernt the Mormons wrote:
<quoted text>HUD rules say that if you tear down a unit, you need to recreate that unit elsewhere. HUD recognizes obsolescence and little else.
So if the MHA demolishes say, 50 or 100 units, the MHA needs to situate those 50 or 100 units elsewhere in the city.
15 - 20 years ago, the city was able to challenge that 1 for 1 HUD rule by citing population decline. At that time, our percentage of subsidized vs non-subsidized housing stock was off the national charts.
With the population decline we've experienced since then, we're long overdue to cite that same argument and challenge the process again.
With the everyday violence that occurs in our subsidized housing complexes, MHA and city leaders should be all over this.
McKeesport's Community Development Department has been a haven for cronyism and nepotism for decades. Good luck getting the city wanting to do anything to lower the CDBG funding they receive from Uncle Sam.
Regression

Mckeesport, PA

#17 Jun 11, 2013
Red light: Traffic cameras bring Ohio town to screeching halt

By Michael Cipriano
Published June 09, 2013

The people's business is on hold after a nasty spat over traffic cameras prompted Village Council members to quit.

Those traffic cameras drivers hate and municipal bean counters love have brought a small village in Ohio to a grinding halt.

Elmwood Place (pop. 2,188) has seen four of its six Village Council members resign amid public outrage over a flurry of fines issued by the cameras. The devices have raised nearly $2 million for the tiny Cincinnati suburb, but angry drivers and shopkeepers complain the ticket blitz from above could turn downtown Elmwood Place into a ghost town. Now, with two-thirds of the council gone, partly in protest over the cameras, the governing body can't reach a quorum to conduct the people's business.

“The public is bewildered with what is going on,” Village Councilman Jerald Robertson told FoxNews.com .“There is a sense that they have no idea what we are doing.

“I have no idea what is going on with the council,” he added.

“The public is bewildered with what is going on.”
- Jerald Robertson, Elmwood Place village councilman

The standoff puts Elmwood Place in the center of a national controversy over traffic camera controversy. Cities and towns around the nation, working with private companies, have installed the cameras to catch drivers speeding or running red lights. They then split the fine proceeds, generating big profits for companies such as American Traffic Solutions and Redflex Traffic Systems, and much-needed revenue for municipalities. The Washington Post reported that the District of Columbia has collected $84.9 million from tickets in the current fiscal year, including $29.5 million from the 10 most profitable speed cameras.

But not only do motorists hate the cameras, local merchants complain that they make potential customers steer clear of shopping districts - and even entire towns - where the cameras lurk, waiting to dispense costly citations.
taxed to death

West Mifflin, PA

#18 Jun 11, 2013
ill give out hand jobs to any council member that will reduce my taxes
Not Possible

Mckeesport, PA

#19 Jun 11, 2013
taxed to death wrote:
ill give out hand jobs to any council member that will reduce my taxes
How can the benevolent council reduce your taxes when you are not paying any taxes to start with?
Arrow

Mckees Rocks, PA

#20 Jun 12, 2013
Not Possible wrote:
<quoted text>How can the benevolent council reduce your taxes when you are not paying any taxes to start with?
Gotcha!!!
Patty

West Mifflin, PA

#21 Jun 12, 2013
Good Luck With That wrote:
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McKeesport's Community Development Department has been a haven for cronyism and nepotism for decades. Good luck getting the city wanting to do anything to lower the CDBG funding they receive from Uncle Sam.
i show NO neptotism with my hand job technic i will not do any family members member HAAA!

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