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mkd

Boston, MA

#1 Oct 14, 2012
So it seems as though many of the threads on here devolve into serious negativity about Everett. Let's not live in denial that bad things can and do happen everywhere. Everett is certainly not without its issues - I am not naïve. But seriously, if negativity and Everett-bashing are your objective, check out many of the other conversations on this site. I'd like to try to inspire some positive posts about things going on in Everett.

As I've pointed out on other threads, the city is well-positioned for a turn-around, but it needs active involvement from citizens who are willing to admit that there are problems, propose and lobby for solutions, and stick with it. I'm a new resident, and I can see past many of the obvious issues and recognize that there is real potential here.

One of the assets I see is in the diversity of the people in my neighborhood. I see lots of hard-working people from all walks of life. By and large, my neighbors are very friendly, and the houses on my street are well-kept. I love that I can walk to many amenities, including business districts on three major thoroughfares as well as the train station in Malden. Many other areas in Greater Boston lack this vitality and accessibility. I consider myself lucky in many ways.

What kinds of good things do you recognize in Everett? Let's build on them!
Main St

Malden, MA

#3 Oct 14, 2012
mkd wrote:
So it seems as though many of the threads on here devolve into serious negativity about Everett. Let's not live in denial that bad things can and do happen everywhere. Everett is certainly not without its issues - I am not naïve. But seriously, if negativity and Everett-bashing are your objective, check out many of the other conversations on this site. I'd like to try to inspire some positive posts about things going on in Everett.
As I've pointed out on other threads, the city is well-positioned for a turn-around, but it needs active involvement from citizens who are willing to admit that there are problems, propose and lobby for solutions, and stick with it. I'm a new resident, and I can see past many of the obvious issues and recognize that there is real potential here.
One of the assets I see is in the diversity of the people in my neighborhood. I see lots of hard-working people from all walks of life. By and large, my neighbors are very friendly, and the houses on my street are well-kept. I love that I can walk to many amenities, including business districts on three major thoroughfares as well as the train station in Malden. Many other areas in Greater Boston lack this vitality and accessibility. I consider myself lucky in many ways.
What kinds of good things do you recognize in Everett? Let's build on them!
There are no good things. Everett is run by morally corrupt people.Its about what they can take before all is gone. I guess you are new to the city. Wrong move. Should have gone elsewhere.
mkd

Boston, MA

#4 Oct 14, 2012
I'm sorry you feel that way. I feel differently. People talked this way about other areas - Charlestown, Roslindale, Somerville, South Boston - that have had or are experiencing revivals. Is any of those places perfect? No, but they are attracting people and businesses every day. All have also, I might add, suffered from poor leadership in the past, but somehow things turned around. The same can happen here.

As I stated before, there are many other threads where people spout negativity. I asked for a simple change of tone. Remember that old adage, if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything. My request to build on small positive things was simple.
reason

Somerville, MA

#5 Oct 14, 2012
It's tough to be positive for life long residents who have seen how far Everett has fallen.
Especially when every indicator points to it getting worse.

Cut through the projects on your way home tomorrow,
and tell me how much hope that fills you with.

I'd love to see Everett turn around,
but the hardworking residents are already outnumbered by low lives working the system
and illegals with no vested interest in Everett or America.

And the hardworking people are leaving.
Hope

Boston, MA

#6 Oct 14, 2012
There is a lot to like mkd

You mention location and friendly neighbors

I second that, my street sounds similar to yours

Unfortunately there are a lot of negative people on Topix who only see the bad

Get off this site and connect with your friendly neighbors - best way to turn the city around.
Long time reader

Framingham, MA

#7 Oct 15, 2012
First time poster. This person is trying to be encouraging. There are definitely good things happening and good people staying here. I agree that we need to come together. Maybe its time to create neighborhood associations? It has worked in much, much rougher areas than Everett.
Negaitve

Malden, MA

#8 Oct 15, 2012
Hope wrote:
There is a lot to like mkd
You mention location and friendly neighbors
I second that, my street sounds similar to yours
Unfortunately there are a lot of negative people on Topix who only see the bad
Get off this site and connect with your friendly neighbors - best way to turn the city around.
Why is calling it like you see it negative?If you see the mayor constantly giving out jobs to connected ones, city council made up of bumbling idiots, a school commitee that is controlled by the superintendant, a city that has the highest tax rate in the state,these are facts.One of the bigest reasons this city is in the shape it is in is because very few speak up. There is always fear of a relative on the payroll being in trouble.There is always an upside to things but after so many years here it is hard to see.
Long time reader

Framingham, MA

#9 Oct 15, 2012
Not going to put words in Hope's mouth, but I think its because the original poster specifically asked for this comment stream to be a positive space. Seems like little to ask. Cant we try to generate positive discussion? Be negative somewhere else.
OH COME ON

Malden, MA

#10 Oct 15, 2012
At least you don't have a drug dealing using cop in your town that got swept under the rug
Agreed

United States

#11 Oct 15, 2012
OH COME ON wrote:
At least you don't have a drug dealing using cop in your town that got swept under the rug
No one is saying there are no problems, but wouldn't it be better to try to see the good and build on it? Being negative isn't working for Everett at all, it is time to try something new.

Even if you want to complain, fine but suggest a solution. You can't fix this city overnight. Pick one problem that is fixable and help to fix it.

What I like is the location, so close to Boston and the north shore. A solution is to encourage businesses to standardize signs to a certain size and look in the square soit is more attractive.
Everett Taxpayer

Medford, MA

#12 Oct 15, 2012
It's nice to be positive but as long as the Mayor continues to build new housing, we will always be overrun with students (who we have no room for) and traffic/parking problems. Our city is overpopulated. Look who he's letting in - tattoo parlors, bars, undesirables. How do we change this? We need a Mayor who will say no and this guy we have only thinks about making money. I wish there was a way to change things, but I just don't see how. I was born and raised here and loved growing up in Everett. I married, bought a house and raised 3 kids here. Now I cannot wait to move. It's very sad for us "old timers" to see what happened to our once-loved city. Anyways, good luck.
mkd

Boston, MA

#13 Oct 15, 2012
Everett Taxpayer, thanks for your reply. I agree that there are problems, and I can understand your frustration and desire to make a fresh start. I do not think the problems are insurmountable though. I'm sure you think I'm nuts, but I feel like there a lot of disapproving people who stay quiet and just throw up their hands and move. Change has to happen at the very local level, and new people need to shake up the ranks in each ward. If necessary, the mayor needs to be consistently called out in a very public way. Have you gone to any of your local ward meetings? Do you know of neighborhood associations that can take leaders to task? That is the way to at least start to make change in my eyes. Even if a group starts out small, if they are focused and diligent, they can start to push for the changes that will turn the city's direction around.

Again, thanks to you and to others who have taken the time to reply.

Maybe eventually we can get a few people together to hold a meeting and discuss what few initiatives could be brought to the city leadership's attention.
answers

Boston, MA

#14 Oct 15, 2012
Agreed wrote:
<quoted text>
Even if you want to complain, fine but suggest a solution. You can't fix this city overnight. Pick one problem that is fixable and help to fix it.
Stop catering to,
and encouraging illegals to move here.

Illegals work.
Most work 2 jobs because their mere presence in the work force has driven all menial labor jobs to an absolute minimum.

Even illegals can't survive on a single job at slave wages.

Run a freight elevator in Boston during the day,
clean an office building at night.

Stop encouraging them to come here,
with programs, and cops that look the other way,
and maybe unemployment numbers will come down the the number that our officials PRETEND THEY ARE AT.

Everett is especially welcome to illegals.

Stop touting Everett as a sanctuary city,
Drop free programs for illegals,
direct the police to arrest Everett residents driving on Brazilian, or International drivers licences,
and get PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE TO STOP GIVING AUTO INSURANCE TO ILLEGALS WITHOUT DRIVERS LICENCES!
mkd

Boston, MA

#15 Oct 15, 2012
In what way is Everett welcoming to undocumented people? I suspect people move to Everett because it is relatively inexpensive for the Boston area. I've not heard of Everett being named a sanctuary city, but I could have missed something for sure.

That aside, I don't want to get involved in the federal issue that is illegal immigration - not sure if that is something we can change overnight. But what one LOCAL issue would you see as something simple that could improve quality of life in the city?

I think if some businesses could come in that would attract a wider cross-section of people across socioeconomic and educational backgrounds, the city would benefit from other dimensions of diversity.

What the city needs in my mind is a new crop of invested homeowners who want to live in Everett and make it a better place. This would replace the outgoing population that is disgusted with the city's changes and infuse the city with new life. I say this not in a judgmental way - I did not grow up in Everett and cannot vouch for its changes. But surely having caring, invested owner occupants set up shop in the city would do it a lot of good.

So how can we attract them? Once again, I say with businesses. Tattoo parlors and bars are clearly NOT the way to go. What would go a long way? Good grocery options, affordable but upscale dining...what else? We have Abbondanza for example, but we could do more.

Now before you scoff, look back at the earlier post about other areas that have changed. Take Southie for example. Twenty years ago, NOBODY wanted to live there. Now there are fancy restaurants and chic pubs. I am not saying we want that kind of chi-chi stuff in Everett, but it just goes to show you that places can and do change. Another example is Roslindale Square. In the '80s, that area was a total dump. Now it is full of shops and restaurants, and the neighborhood is attracting lots of families. Everett is arguably better-located than Roslindale with respect to amenities and transit options, so just think about what could be done. You never get anywhere good unless you consider the positive possibilities.

Now all we have to do is find other like-minded folks and lobby for change.
RESIDENT

Boston, MA

#16 Oct 15, 2012
I moved here twenty years ago. I like change but I have seen our real estate taxes go up for no apparent reason. Glendale Square is completely changed and not safe after dusk. City services has decreased. I do not see a change happening for a long time. Not till elected officials see what is happening and try to correct the problem. The newspapers do not report everything that is happening. Alderman Marchese has pointed this out .
Everett Resident

Everett, MA

#17 Oct 15, 2012
WELCOME MKD: I like your attitude and ideas...I am a life-long resident of Everett; it was a great place to grow up in and to raise our family here. So, yes, I know the 'old Everett.' I would say, though, in the past ? 6 to 7 years Everett has been on the slippery downward slope. There are many reasons for this. So far my neighborhood has held together, but the few of us left are becoming the minority.

The changes, I feel, are due to many reasons: Somewhere along the line, children have been in charge of their parents and their parents want to be their 'friend.' There is little respect for others taught to these children. Ever watch them walk up the street and just conveniently drop their Dunkin's bag or plastic cup right there on the sidewalk or the street - heck sometimes even in your front yard. Speak to them and you get sassed back!!!! No respect for others property and no one teaching them either.

Dog mess: Just let little doggie go where-ever and just walk away, leaving the mess in someone's yard or on the sidewalk in front of someone's house -- so they can either: clean it up or some unfortunate person walks by and steps in it. This is not done just by children by the way -- Adults do it too.... That's a big one here in the city. Some of these new comers just don't care - they have no vested interest in Everett. They will move from place to place, no roots so to speak.

Few residents know their neighbors now, whereas years ago they did. People walked the area, stopped and spoke to neighbors. Now it's car keys in hand when you leave the house and off in the car you go...

So many new comers don't speak English (a huge pet peeve of mine), so really how can they 'chat' with a neighbor ? They don't want to learn English either. This isolates them to their 'own' communities they are setting up.

Oh yea one more issue: Our flag, our beautiful flag !!!! Why is not flag protocol followed? You know, the USA flag flies above all other countries' flags (we are in the USA you know). Yesterday on Chelsea St. I saw the yellow flag with the blue circle in the center (Brazilian). There it is proudly displaced in the businesses window but there is no USA flag, none !!! This is at Lorraine's Beauty Salon near the junction of Broadway but on Chelsea St. Hey, Lorraine, how about flying the USA flag -- you are making $$$$$ here in THIS COUNTRY, show some respect for OUR flag !!!! This would be to other businesses in Everett that are doing the same thing....

So you see MLD, yes us 'old timers' LOVE our city, LOVE our country but everywhere we turn we are being disrespected.

You are correct - how can Everett attract, say a nice restaurant, with a tattoo parlor as a neighbor ???

Anyone have the 'guts' to go in Lorraine's Beauty Shop and ask her to fly OUR COUNTRY'S flag ?????!!!! Show some respect for OUR COUNTRY PLEASE....
mkd

Boston, MA

#18 Oct 15, 2012
Hello, Everett Resident, and thank you for your thoughtful reply! I have not been here in Everett too long, and I appreciate your insight and background knowledge. I hope to make this my home for the long haul. As someone in the education field, I was attracted by the city's affordability and proximity to Boston and the fact that the houses I saw here were so much nicer than in other areas.

One thing I am still left wondering is this: are there any existing neighborhood associations? I wonder if establishing some of these would be a good way to help hold areas together and strengthen them without depending on City Hall. I can speak a few other languages and would be happy to assist in doing outreach and pointing people in the direction of English classes. I know some of my neighbors are enrolled in classes in Malden that they pay for, but others may not be.

I live off Bradford Street near the Malden line. It seems to be a very nice and quiet area so far. Is there a neighborhood association for this area? Nobody I've asked seems to know. Maybe I need to start one...but for that sort of initiative to work, it would have to be replicated around the city. I'm open to exploring that idea if I can find a few others who are willing to do it too.

I also love our country and its flag. This might sound a bit crazy, but hey, I'll go out on a limb. Maybe someone could approach the woman in the business you mentioned and give her an inexpensive flag? I bought mine inexpensively at the Christmas Tree Shop. Just explaining that it would be a good gesture to fly it is a good idea. For whatever reason, it might not have dawned on her. Once my week settles down, I am willing to do it myself. I will have a note written in Portuguese by a friend explaining the situation. Maybe just a little outreach is all that's needed. Again, I may sound nuts, but what the heck.

As for restaurants and other good businesses, who is involved in the Chamber of Commerce? Again, this is an area where neighborhood associations could go a long way (association lobbies the C of C, petitions are filed to prevent unsavory businesses from opening up, everything is out in the open so if the city government doesn't comply with the citizens' wishes, things can escalate...)

Again, I'm asking more questions than I'm proposing solutions here, but I think these conversations need to happen in a constructive way.

Thanks again, Everett Resident and others for replying so thoughtfully to what I had to say. I appreciate it (and the welcome!)
mkd

Boston, MA

#19 Oct 15, 2012
And to RESIDENT above: thanks for your reply also. This seems like another issue for neighborhood associations comprised of concerned and dedicated citizens to tackle. There is safety and strength in numbers. If an initiative can be put forth to address public safety in the city, eventually the city will have to listen and respond in kind. Being pushy is the way to be - the squeaky wheel gets the grease - but you also have to be informed and focused too.

The wards don't necessarily seem like the most logically laid-out way of dividing the city up. A lot of the boundaries seem arbitrary and split down the middle of cohesive residential streets. Does anyone have any better ideas for how issues could be tackled by neighborhood? Again, I'm pretty new here, so I'm not sure if my ideas are right, but here's how I see it (apologies for the made-up names for areas - if there are other more traditional names of different areas or squares that I'm missing, please tell me):

* North Everett / Pope John area down as far as Ferry Street
* Glendale Square area, including the housing projects
* Woodlawn-Whidden Hospital
* Chelsea / Ferry area (there is a little commercial corner here - named?)
* Hancock / Bradford area (where I live - doesn't seem to fit into other areas)
* Everett Square area
* West Everett / Main Street corridor
* Hendersonville
* Lower Broadway

So these (or other finer designations) could be a starting point for neighborhood organizing. Maybe the first initiatives could be something like this: getting to know neighbors, communicating about cleanliness and dog waste issues, and possibly organizing a neighborhood watch for crime prevention. These seem like achievable local goals that could have a pretty quick positive impact on life in Everett.

Anyone else out there game? I really do love this place despite its faults. Lets inject some new energy into Everett.
mkd

Boston, MA

#20 Oct 15, 2012
Other thoughts...

* Lobbying for park-and-walk police beats. Cambridge has done this to tackle crime in certain trouble spots with much success.

* Speaking of Cambridge, access to that city would be a boost for Everett residents working in that neck of the woods and for curious renters who might be looking to get involved in a community that is more affordable. So many people are priced out of Cambridge/Somerville and end up moving where the buses go (Arlington - which was totally dead 25 years ago, Watertown, etc.) Many of these folks are community-focused, involved, educated and neighborly. Even on a trial basis, running a few 86 buses a day from Sullivan out to Everett Square and vice versa would be an interesting experiment. You could hop on a bus in Everett and have a one seat ride to Harvard Square in a half an hour. Just a thought...this is similar to the amount of time it takes to get from Harvard Square to Arlington Heights (a bus that runs almost constantly). Arlington Heights is now a vibrant, interesting area with a good quality of life, but it was deadsville in the '80s. You just never know...and yes, I know this sounds like a total pipe dream, but it's better to think outside the box in my opinion.
mkd

Boston, MA

#21 Oct 15, 2012
PS - the 86 is a route that runs from Sullivan to Cleveland Circle by way of Harvard Square. The mayor seems to want to encourage large-scale MBTA development in Everett - Lord knows this could take years. Why not just try out extending the route by a mile and a half to see what happens? Coupled with a smart re-development of the Lower Broadway district, this could really open Everett up as a destination. Again, laugh all you want. All it takes is vision (and a committed group of citizens...still trying to find more of them, but I know they're here!)

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