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Lubby

King Of Prussia, PA

#1 Feb 5, 2013
The boro is sinking money our money into bringing the Downtown back to life. What do you think of the results?

Since it is our money what do we want to see .

More used clothing shops more unemployed sitting on door stoops more spanish business ?

Can average joe participate with the powers that ruh the ship or just shut up and pay up.

We need more people to challenge the supervisers and get elected. Stop the money train!!
Blame game

Quakertown, PA

#2 Feb 5, 2013
Lubby wrote:
The boro is sinking money our money into bringing the Downtown back to life. What do you think of the results?
Since it is our money what do we want to see .
More used clothing shops more unemployed sitting on door stoops more spanish business ?
Can average joe participate with the powers that ruh the ship or just shut up and pay up.
We need more people to challenge the supervisers and get elected. Stop the money train!!
Give blame where blame is due...Cant blame the boro for unemployment as thats due to our wonderful politicians in Washington. As for the spanish downtown, that isn't the boros fault either. That thank you goes to those who rent cheaply to them and hire them which is the Moyers and Randazzos (Dominicks).
For Now

Hatfield, PA

#3 Feb 5, 2013
Lubby wrote:
The boro is sinking money our money into bringing the Downtown back to life. What do you think of the results?
Since it is our money what do we want to see .
More used clothing shops more unemployed sitting on door stoops more spanish business ?
Can average joe participate with the powers that ruh the ship or just shut up and pay up.
We need more people to challenge the supervisers and get elected. Stop the money train!!
You're obviously a troll who doesn't even live in the borough. If you did, you'd know Quakertown borough doesn't have "supervisors".
rez

Cherry Hill, NJ

#4 Feb 6, 2013
What is the plan for the grant money they received? I have not been downtown in awhile, I was wondering if anyone knew what they plan on doing?
Parent

Quakertown, PA

#5 Feb 6, 2013
Blame game wrote:
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Give blame where blame is due...Cant blame the boro for unemployment as thats due to our wonderful politicians in Washington. As for the spanish downtown, that isn't the boros fault either. That thank you goes to those who rent cheaply to them and hire them which is the Moyers and Randazzos (Dominicks).
Don't forget Skiffington and all his section 8 slum rentals in and around the Bush House.

How does the borough plan to revitalize the downtown area with this slum and all of its related crime attached to it? They can't go through to the antique shops because you have to get through the slums first.
Parent

Quakertown, PA

#6 Feb 6, 2013
For Now wrote:
<quoted text>You're obviously a troll who doesn't even live in the borough. If you did, you'd know Quakertown borough doesn't have "supervisors".
He's got a point about all the Mexican businesses and the people sitting around at the Bush House and the Globe across the RR tracks.

You'll never turn this into a Doylestown with a slum right in the middle of it.

The Bush House is the festering boil on downtown's ass.
Joe

United States

#7 Feb 6, 2013
The fact the Bush House is still operating clearly demonstrates the need for more affordable housing in Bucks County.
Inquiring Mind

North Wales, PA

#8 Feb 6, 2013
Joe wrote:
The fact the Bush House is still operating clearly demonstrates the need for more affordable housing in Bucks County.
What could be more affordable than the Bush House?
OMG

Lansdale, PA

#9 Feb 6, 2013
It's a shame about the Bush House. Just look at the historical significance and the beauty of the building itself.
Joe

United States

#10 Feb 6, 2013
Inquiring Mind wrote:
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What could be more affordable than the Bush House?
The Bush House is sub-standard housing with a slumlord taking advantage of people who cannot afford the regional average rent. According to HUD if you pay 30% or more of your monthly income on rent it's unaffordable.

Since Mt Laurel municipalities must have their fair share of affordable housing. The rents in Quakertown have been increasing which means the town may no longer have it's fair share of affordable housing units. But nobody knows what the numbers are because the Bucks County Housing Authority continues to neglect it duties to ensure municipalities are abiding by federal law.
Oldtimer

Quakertown, PA

#11 Feb 6, 2013
Abandon any ideas of making downtown quaint or attactive as long as that shopping center is there. It's hard to have a strip mall on one side of the sreet and upscale boutiques, restaurants, and shops on the other. The council of the 70's should have had more future sense. Even borough hall and the PD suck at that location.
AHS

Quakertown, PA

#12 Feb 6, 2013
I venture to say that the stores in that strip center make more money in a week than the stores along Broad St do in a month
Inquiring Mind

Quakertown, PA

#13 Feb 6, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>The Bush House is sub-standard housing with a slumlord taking advantage of people who cannot afford the regional average rent. According to HUD if you pay 30% or more of your monthly income on rent it's unaffordable.

Since Mt Laurel municipalities must have their fair share of affordable housing. The rents in Quakertown have been increasing which means the town may no longer have it's fair share of affordable housing units. But nobody knows what the numbers are because the Bucks County Housing Authority continues to neglect it duties to ensure municipalities are abiding by federal law.
I don't know about any of that, but Qtown has more affordable housing than many surrounding areas, including apartment, townhome developments, and mobile home parks. What do you suggest - public housing? Do we really want to aim for the bottom? Qtown is already considered undesirable in the view of many on here.
WhineyKliney

Quakertown, PA

#14 Feb 6, 2013
Joe wrote:
The fact the Bush House is still operating clearly demonstrates the need for more affordable housing in Bucks County.
Jesus H Christ, Kline! You already live in the most affordable housing possible--your dad's basement.

Get a fracking job and then you'll be able to afford to live on your own and stop leaching off your old man, you slug.
Oldtimer

Quakertown, PA

#15 Feb 6, 2013
AHS wrote:
I venture to say that the stores in that strip center make more money in a week than the stores along Broad St do in a month
I agree (100%). Dominick's alone probably makes more money than all the places across the street. Beer City is hauling in some cash as well. Pizza and beer are always popular. You can put up a new flag pole and stone wall in the triangle but downtown Quakertown is still an eye sore. Third Street to Hellertown Avenue is the Kensington of the Boro.

Since: Oct 09

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#16 Feb 7, 2013
Parent wrote:
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He's got a point about all the Mexican businesses and the people sitting around at the Bush House and the Globe across the RR tracks.
You'll never turn this into a Doylestown with a slum right in the middle of it.
The Bush House is the festering boil on downtown's ass.
Of course it can't be Doylestown. It's not a county seat, full of lawyer's offices lining the streets, living off the publicly funded legal system.
Joe

Quakertown, PA

#17 Feb 7, 2013
Inquiring Mind wrote:
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I don't know about any of that, but Qtown has more affordable housing than many surrounding areas, including apartment, townhome developments, and mobile home parks. What do you suggest - public housing? Do we really want to aim for the bottom? Qtown is already considered undesirable in the view of many on here.
We don't know if Quakertown or the surrounding municipalities have their fair share of affordable housing anymore. Rents have increased and wages have remained stagnant.

I did my senior thesis on environmental racism with a subchapter on housing policy. I actually started my career in housing policy. To answer your question -- yes we need more subsidized housing in Bucks County. A few days ago The Intelligencer ran an article about the growing and unreported cases of homelessness in Bucks County. The Bucks County Housing Authority needs to get a grip on this problem, along with mandating that muncipalities follow federal fair share housing laws.
Inquiring Mind

Quakertown, PA

#18 Feb 7, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>We don't know if Quakertown or the surrounding municipalities have their fair share of affordable housing anymore. Rents have increased and wages have remained stagnant.

I did my senior thesis on environmental racism with a subchapter on housing policy. I actually started my career in housing policy. To answer your question -- yes we need more subsidized housing in Bucks County. A few days ago The Intelligencer ran an article about the growing and unreported cases of homelessness in Bucks County. The Bucks County Housing Authority needs to get a grip on this problem, along with mandating that muncipalities follow federal fair share housing laws.
What is "environmental racism"? Discrimination against black walnut trees?

I believe the article you refer to was about a homeless camp set up in a park in Lower Bucks, where many residents did not even want to return to a productive role in society. Quakertown doesn't need more drones. There is plenty of affordable housing for people willing to work an honest job.

Families who are truly in need can get help - nobody needs to be homeless, especially in the winter. There are charities and agencies that will help find housing and temporary shelter. Nobody wants a housing project in Quakertown as it will just mean more drugs, crime, and decay of the community as it will be a magnet for undesirables from all over Upper Bucks and Lehigh Counties.
Major Malfunction

Quakertown, PA

#19 Feb 7, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>-- yes we need more subsidized housing in Bucks County
Once again the 'Free Shit Army' has spoken. Need more this and more that from the tax payers. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness... NOTHING more! What we need is less of the entitlement mentality you so graciously convey, and more personal responsibility. People willing to sacrifice and do more to provide, not just for themselves and their crotch fruit but their country as well.

Quit being a burden to society and expecting those that work hard and thrive, live well within their means, to support your poor choices and decisions.

Liberals...
Joe

Quakertown, PA

#20 Feb 7, 2013
Inquiring Mind wrote:
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What is "environmental racism"? Discrimination against black walnut trees?
I believe the article you refer to was about a homeless camp set up in a park in Lower Bucks, where many residents did not even want to return to a productive role in society. Quakertown doesn't need more drones. There is plenty of affordable housing for people willing to work an honest job.
Families who are truly in need can get help - nobody needs to be homeless, especially in the winter. There are charities and agencies that will help find housing and temporary shelter. Nobody wants a housing project in Quakertown as it will just mean more drugs, crime, and decay of the community as it will be a magnet for undesirables from all over Upper Bucks and Lehigh Counties.
Environmental racism was the overall theme of my thesis. I examined how racial and class-based housing policies contributed to increases of childhood lead poisoning cases. Prior to 1975 lead-based paints were legal in the U.S. Consequently a higher number of minorities and lower-income children were poisoned due to living in older housing units -- often public housing units.

In regards to your assertion that Bucks County has "plenty" of affordable housing units I would like to know your source. HUD defines affordable housing as rent/mortgage that is no more than 30% of a person's monthly income. With rents increasing and wages remaining stagnant, I'm sure more housing units are falling outside the definition of affordable housing.

If you're poor or worse homeless in Bucks County, there are very few social services for you. And the county social services that are available are not advertised. The people that need help the most are not aware of the services available. You mention "temporary housing." There are some shelters for women with children, but if you don't meet those qualifications you're out of luck. An even more appalling fact is that no House of Worship or municipal government in Upper Bucks participates in the Code Blue program. If you're homeless and need emergency shelter during a cold night you will not find it in Upper Bucks.

Back to housing policy. I don't like low-income housing projects. It simply segregates people. It might come as a shock to you, but I can agree with conservative sociologist Charles Murray that some cases of poverty are related to behavior and to alleviate that behavior some folks need role models. A reason why I have always supported mixed-income residential zoning.

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