City of Morgantown

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Indano

Morgantown, WV

#1 May 16, 2011
Has anyone else noticed that many areas around the city appear to be worse than normal? Brockway Avenue is becoming worse than the other slum rental neighborhoods like Sunnyside and Greenmont. Mounds of garbage and old furniture have been piled along the streets for a week. In years past city crews were out in force cleaning up from the student move out prior to commencement but this year you had to practically drive around piles of garbage. I realize that people need to be responsible but city officials should be working to clean up and keep things in check.
Sunday Best

Morgantown, WV

#2 May 17, 2011
Yes, Morgantown has taken a turn for the worse and I believe there are several reasons. Landlords have taken control of a lot of traditional neighborhoods, especially those you mention (Greenmont/Sunnyside) but other neighborhoods are falling victim to rental property too. Like it or not, most people who rent do not take as much pride in their property thus the run down, junked up, littered properties around the city. For that reason alone, the city needs to take a stronger stance on holding property owners responsible.
Silverstar5

Morgantown, WV

#3 May 17, 2011
Been a city resident since retiring and moving here over 10 years ago. I have seen the slow decline of neighborhoods and with that goes the property values of those of us who take pride and try to maintain our property. City officials (management, police and public works)are not taking the proactive approach that the did in previous years. This is just another item in what is becoming a long list of problems with our current city officials.
Kubla

Morgantown, WV

#4 May 18, 2011
Agree, but there is light at end of tunnel with some new council members coming on board. Current council misjudged what issues resident thought was important. A couple of other council members would have been defeated had they been challenged. Hopefully basic services will once again become the priority and not pet projects.
Business as Usual

Morgantown, WV

#5 May 18, 2011
To think that saying pet projects are done is naive. As long as there is politics, there will be pet projects. I think the point is, council and the city administration briefly lost touch with residents and the voters sent a clear message that they did not like what was going on. I don't think the current city manager will be here too long. He alienated city employees as soon as he took over and he won't be able to undo that. Residents and business people have not warmed up to him or his management style. In the processs our city appears worse than ever.
mistymorn

Morgantown, WV

#6 May 20, 2011
Drove down University Avenue into Sunnyside this morning. It is absolutely deplorable. I would love to know where the money is going for the Sunnyside Up project, what a waste of taxpayer money.
mistymorn

Morgantown, WV

#7 May 23, 2011
mistymorn wrote:
Drove down University Avenue into Sunnyside this morning. It is absolutely deplorable. I would love to know where the money is going for the Sunnyside Up project, what a waste of taxpayer money.
It's not just Sunnyside. It's a city wide problem that continues to get worse. The city needs to get back to basics. I agree with some of the other posts that changes should be coming when new members of council take office in July and hopefully get us back on track.
Corruption

Charleston, WV

#8 May 26, 2011
The landlords own the city officials and have for a long, long time.

We used to call Morgantown "Shakedowntown."

It's a real rip off town. The students provide a pretty good living for all the crooks and the city looks the other way. That's because they get their share too from tickets and citations.

I'd love to see the kids just one day walk away and let Morgantown and all its crooks, rot and die.
TMI

Morgantown, WV

#9 May 27, 2011
Morgantown is in dire need of leadership. It is depressing to see what has happened in the past 6 months.
Business as Usual

Morgantown, WV

#10 Oct 23, 2011
I had to chuckle reading the Sunday paper this morning concerning a member of council who wants to represent the city on a trip to China. Typical of todays leaders, who rarely think of more pressing issues here at home. I soon remembered this blog from back in the spring, proof that little has changed at city hall. I say the city should pay for a one-way ticket and lets get someone in office who will concentrate on a few local projects.
Silverstar5

Morgantown, WV

#11 Oct 23, 2011
Business as Usual wrote:
I had to chuckle reading the Sunday paper this morning concerning a member of council who wants to represent the city on a trip to China. Typical of todays leaders, who rarely think of more pressing issues here at home. I soon remembered this blog from back in the spring, proof that little has changed at city hall. I say the city should pay for a one-way ticket and lets get someone in office who will concentrate on a few local projects.
Sadly, I must agree. I see so many examples of a slow decline in and around the city. I suggest that you talk to city employees, there is no pride or motivation. Take a drive around the neighborhoods and see how much things have changed in less than a year, it's very disturbing to me.

Since: Jan 11

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#12 Oct 24, 2011
I lived in Morgantown up to May of this year, and in the three years I spent up there, I have to confess, it's not that bad.

Why do I say that?

Well, look at it this way:

YOu guys want to talk about trash and litter problems? Come on down state a ways and look at the endless piles of trash and debris that have covered our rivers and streams down here: Junked cars, old bed frames - you name it! And the law? They don't care because it's too big of a problem.
Come on down this way and look at what mountain top removal has done to the communities in the coal fields. You haven't seen trashed neighborhoods untill you take a look at that, I promise you!

Morgantown was a great experience for me, but I have to admit that the landlords to take advantage of the students. I paid almost 600/month to live in an apartment that was not much bigger than a shoe box, and it wasn't worth that kind of money.

While in Morgantown I did notice it getting a little junked up, I confess: I noticed the garbage and trash in certain areas, but honestly, what I seen there is nothing like what I see in the coal fields here down state every day. YOu guys and gals don't have a litter problem when you look at what we deal with down in the southern regions of our state, you really don't.
City Resident

Morgantown, WV

#13 Oct 25, 2011
It boils down to leadership or in this case the lack of it. Blame should be placed where this all started, city council. They (some current and former)hired an outsider as city manager who had no experience or connection at all to WV. My opinion is that this began the spiral of decline within the city. There is terrible morale problems with the employees which trickles down to the lack of services that they should be providing.
Local Resident

Morgantown, WV

#14 Oct 25, 2011
It's pretty common knowledge that these current city leaders are just padding their resumes and wallets at Morgantown's expense.
Lady Lark

Morgantown, WV

#15 Oct 27, 2011
Just drive around town is deplorable. No one cares arnymore.
Offbeat

Morgantown, WV

#16 Oct 27, 2011
It's pretty obvious that these new people don't fit in. I agree that they are padding their wallets with Morgantown money while they look for their next move. I say stick with locals that have some connection to WV.
Morgantown Blue

Morgantown, WV

#17 Oct 28, 2011
Exactly why the local FOP and Firefighters got involved in the last election. The new members of council are taking a very close look at what's going on with management and individual departments and will hopefully make the needed change.
Doingr8

Morgantown, WV

#18 Oct 29, 2011
Interesting letter to the editor in the Dominion Post today. Recently ousted mayor tried to pull one over on the rest of council concerning a trip to China. Not all that big of deal except it's a glimpse of the eliteist attitude that led to the current shape the city has found itself in. Agree that administrative changes are needed and hopefully forthcoming.
Indano

Morgantown, WV

#19 Oct 30, 2011
City Resident wrote:
It boils down to leadership or in this case the lack of it. Blame should be placed where this all started, city council. They (some current and former)hired an outsider as city manager who had no experience or connection at all to WV. My opinion is that this began the spiral of decline within the city. There is terrible morale problems with the employees which trickles down to the lack of services that they should be providing.
Just do a search on the word credibility. I don't think you will see any photos of our current leadership.
Wellspring

Morgantown, WV

#20 Nov 1, 2011
Silverstar5 wrote:
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Sadly, I must agree. I see so many examples of a slow decline in and around the city. I suggest that you talk to city employees, there is no pride or motivation. Take a drive around the neighborhoods and see how much things have changed in less than a year, it's very disturbing to me.
I did drive around and find that many areas look like ghetto slums. Agree that it's sad to see such a decline in just such a short time. Glad I am soon moving south.

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