Last night I made a trip to Good Samaritan Hospital. Driving on Broadway, I noticed it took an additional 15 minutes to reach the hospital. Additionally, I could not find the big blue Hospital sign indicating where to turn off Broadway.
Wondering about this.... I realize it does not take too long to see an incredible amount of URBAN BLIGHT (using kind words) on the eastern half of Mt. Vernon starting from about 8th Street.
Included in this "blight" is now the old Armory. Maintenance on the building stopped years ago with the promise of a new armory. The roof leaks like a sieve and the gym floor is all but ruined. There has been no mention of mold... but that will be the next headline.
The old highschool will be exactly the same.
Housing on this side of town, especially south of Broadway, is nearly a getto. Drive it and you be the judge.
Assume two people, meeting at the courthouse to present future investments in the community. One came into town from the east... the other from the west. Each would think the other was nuts and their conversation would involve an indepth look into the entire area.
A "drive by" grab a meal pit stop from I-57 would suggest Mt. Vernon is a very progressive town. But to a savy investor, they would see a freshly painted wall. They would ask, "Why do you not take such care the entire city you have?" "As the HUB of Jefferson County, why do you NOT maintain the infrastructure you have?" "Your town is like a movie set.... you look good from the interstate at the sacrifice of everything out of sight."
With this wide angle view, ask yourself... "Would you see Mt. Vernon as a city commited to the progressive growtn of the entire community?" "Would you see Mt. Vernon as a city governed by all of it's people, or governed by it's investors?"