Peru dying
Sad

Westmoreland, TN

#1 Mar 29, 2010
Sadly, I grew up in Peru. It's a nice little town where you can make friends for life. Sadly, It has been ran for years by clowns who never wanted it to grow economically and now there are no jobs. Well, clowns enjoy your cicus city cause soon no one is going to give a darn about it anyway!! Soom Peru will only be an retirement town for sad,sad, clowns anyway!!
jellobutt

Joliet, IL

#2 Apr 8, 2010
I totally agree!!!:)
Home 2 Me Always

Rio Rancho, NM

#3 Apr 18, 2010
Peru will always be home to me. Peru is a place where like many other places big or small have changed. Peru is where I grew up and have many memories about, including the parades, circus, fireworks at the park, etc. Going swimming at the Public Pool and YMCA. Watching my brothers play baseball while my sisters played swings or took walks. It maybe run down but I still grew up there. Everybodies opinion will be different but some people still believes that Peru is a great place. We'll hmmmmmmmmmmmm! retirement town, well all towns have retired citizens living in them & the number is growing larger everyday. You will also be a retired citizen and will have memories as I do of Peru or wherever and when you look back at today in those memories you may also be proud to say I came from Peru or that town whatever you claim. Just want to say that it may seem run down and no jobs, but someday it could be different and many jobs be there again. Them people you refer to as sad,sad, clowns just happen to be human beings Proud to call Peru Home. Elderly citizens With respect who they are and where they have lived for 20,30,40,50 so on years.....Many, Many of them citizens just happen to be family of mine or old school friends as I grew up there.

Since: Feb 10

Peru, IN

#4 May 26, 2010
I sure don't see any Peru residents in this conversation and I doubt that anyone outside of the town could do much to change things for Peru. We have to do it by ourselves. We could set back and let the town become more run down in terms of jobs, businesses, homes and all the other aspects of a town. Or we could get involved by supporting the Mayor and other city officials. We could help cleanup the City's act by supporting the police in getting rid of the rift-raft that seek to take our children into immoral or drug dependant life styles. Why not buy things locally (with the business owners that don't try to gouge us) to build the local economy. I'm sure there are many ways to improve Peru. I just won't happen unless the residents get things headed in the right direction. Does anyone have any productive suggestion?
Former Resident

Morehead, KY

#5 May 26, 2010
Pray for Peru
Just So You Know

United States

#6 May 29, 2010
Yeah, that will get things done, praying. Please. 2 hands working can do more than a 1000 hands in prayer.

The bottom line is that Peru has NO leadership. The town looks like a ghetto. Rundown houses, ALL of the roads are horrific. The road that runs beside the river is NOTHING but craters and potholes. You will never attract new business to a community if it's infrastructure is in shambles. Not to mention the education levels in Peru are extremely low. Businesses looking to relocate or move into an area want to see educated, intelligent people that have college degrees. They want to see progressive minded cities that have taken care of it's infrastructure. Obviously, none of these traits apply to Peru.

Since: Feb 10

Peru, IN

#7 May 31, 2010
Well, "Just So You Know", I'm not sure that I totally agree with you. Main Street and Broadway don't look too bad now. I saw the Mayor out there inspecting the work several times. To tell you the truth I haven't been to a City Council or Mayor's meeting yet so, I guess I shouldn't comment on the leadership part.
There are in fact many companys that want people with college degrees but the company I work for probably has less than 10%(about 60) with something greater than a H.S. degree.
The way you seem to be looking at the situation it's a catch 22. No one will invest because we look bad, seem bad, need to improve but you can't look good, seem good, and improve without someone investing.
Is there something that can be done? Maybe that prayer isn't such a bad idea. Maybe just pray that someone is given an idea, or enough enthusiasm to do something worth while.
Just So You Know

United States

#8 Jun 10, 2010
For example, look at Gas City. A town about the size of Peru. Half the crime, city is clean and neat, they have a full time grant writer that tries to obtain grants to improve the city and wow have they ever. New jobs, new homes, downtown is re done and streets are in good shape. They are still getting new business. However, the thing I do not understand with Peru, it is pretty much all GOP, the one party that cares NOTHING about the working poor and middle class, yet they still vote them in. I have lived in Peru for now 10 years and I see the GOP leadership as a joke. They have literally done nothing but repair a few streets. 10 years and 2 roads do not make a good leader.
Agar

Carrollton, TX

#9 Jun 12, 2010
Enough with the partisan garbage. We all know... Republicans suck! Well, I got news for you Einstein, Democrats also suck! It is the refusal by Americans to acknowledge that competency is not determined by political affiliation that has led us to the point we are at. None of them care about anything but their own agenda. You sound like a media soundbite instead of a rational human being. Quit spouting rhetoric and learn to think for yourself.

Peru is suffering the same fate as most of small town America. It is more evident in Peru because it was a manufacturing/transportation center located in the heart of what used to be the heart of production center of the U.S. That is all gone. On top of the loss of factories and railroads, the closing of the Air Force base gutted the economic infrastructure of the town. No one party or person brought this about,only the collective stupidity of generations of increasingly poor leaders. Oh yeah, Gas City has less than half the population of Peru.
Coffee

Rockford, IL

#10 May 31, 2011
Strangely enough the same story and the same complaints existed sixty years ago!!
aware

Carmel, IN

#11 Jun 6, 2011
Peru is not the same place it was even 10 years ago. I blame 80% of it's downfall to the over population of police officers. We have about twice as many as we need. I see them pulling people over many times a day handing out tickets for very minor traffic violations. I also sit in my neighborhood watching obvious crack houses being operated with no fear of arrest! I wish I had the finances to move my children away from this! I don't because Peru won't allow jobs to come in here! It is poverty ville. It's a sad state of events when you watch a cop car slow down to wave at a crack dealer like they are old pals, then pull someone over two blocks down for not using a turn signal on an otherwise empty street, then calling for three more cars as back up while they write the probably less than a hundred dollar ticket, then wave at crack head one more time on the way by!
Coffee

Rockford, IL

#12 Jun 9, 2011
If I had the slightest idea that someone was selling street drugs in my neighborhood, I would certainly record the license plate numbers and time and date of the visitors and turn the infomation over to the police.

There is more to do about such a situation than to sit on your pants and talk about it.

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