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Changes in Weinland Park may chase away some residents | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 112 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 25, 2011, titled Changes in Weinland Park may chase away some residents | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Buddy Spencer works on the front-lawn landscaping of a home being rehabbed by Hometeam Properties, a developer in Weinland Park.

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bob

Hilliard, OH

#4 Jul 25, 2011
The inflight of the city is starting. High gas prices, bad economy etc.

Be warned poor people...you will be have to go to the suburbs for the housing
Urban Overseer

Columbus, OH

#6 Jul 25, 2011
Lets distinguish between poor and low income. Poor people are a drain on resources and usually accelerate the blight in whatever part of town they live in.They are poor not just because they lack money, but they lack self respect, the will to work and have no reguard for education. Most important, they have become acustomed to entitlements. These are the reasons they stay poor generation after generation. No one wants them in their neighborhoods because they are like cockroaches that spread. Low income people can have aspirational values that eventually lift them out of poverty. These are the hard working under paid people who have been affected by the economy and are not waiting for handouts. These can even be college students, who are low income but don't have the same values as poor people. Mixed income communities only work if the mix excludes poor people.
Eventually the poor will be corralled to the areas with the lowest voter turnout.

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Barney19

Columbus, OH

#7 Jul 25, 2011
The slant of this article demonstrates how out of touch with the public the so called "reporters" have become. You might expect a certain amount of praise for those who are investing in, and attempting to improve, an obviously run down, eyesore, and blighted area. Perhaps a better solution for these who will look on this as some sort of affront to the "less fortunate", would be to simply bull doze entire city blocks, as they have done in Detroit!
The Obama Disaster Years

Bowling Green, OH

#8 Jul 25, 2011
When Obama is done with us all we'll be living in dilapidated Soviet-style housing, as renters. We need change and we need hope.

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Lucy

Westerville, OH

#10 Jul 25, 2011
Oh but the Mayor says we don't have a gang problem here LOL! Tell these people to quit having kids and living off the system, get a job get off their a.. and look for a better place to live. Must we must always have to find the place, move them there, pay their rent and continually take care of them....mother, grandmother and umteen kids!
Jean

Chillicothe, OH

#12 Jul 25, 2011
Activists worry that the poor will be pushed out? They should be grateful that the property values are increasing, instead of declining.
boo hoo

Columbus, OH

#15 Jul 25, 2011
Libertarian wrote:
If I had sunk $40,000 into an improvement on my duplex, you bet your sweet rear that I'd be bumping up rents...and yes, the people that can only afford $400/month or so - they'd have to find another place to live. I think the tone of this article is completely off - tough crap for the mommy of 5 - congrats to the investors who are doing something to clean up the neighborhood - we say we all want this until it displaces some poor, unfortunate family. Get real - that's a fact of life - is happens in every urban revitilization...rents go up!
If that leads to gentrification of a neighborhood, so be it - and more so if it means putting all the people on the public dole, not doing anything to help themselves out - into a single area. I'm tired of the Somali population driving down the housing values in my neighborhood up around Morse/71....quit constantly providing the means for these folks and they'll leave to go elsewhere (oh, but then Mikey might lose 70% of his voting base...forgot...!)
There are several vacants streets near E 26th Ave and Hamilton for CPO to buy and rent out for Section 8, don't stop progress for the sake of the people who don't contribute more to society then fatherless children.
PraiseHim

Columbus, OH

#16 Jul 25, 2011
Move them OUT! This can be a nice neighborhood, but those Section 8 losers bring too many problems with them.

The lady who has 5 kids - where is the father to support them? Why doesn't somebody ask that basic question?! She wants this and she wants that - well, the father is the head of the household and is supposed to work to support the family.

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Ugh

Thailand

#17 Jul 25, 2011
So, how do you keep everybody happy? Right, you cannot!
Thinker

United States

#18 Jul 25, 2011
Cry me a river. Give a medal to Hometeam for fixing up these junkers. They will attract a higher end clientele who will buy the services of the no-skills folks.
just saying

United States

#19 Jul 25, 2011
The Obama Disaster Years wrote:
When Obama is done with us all we'll be living in dilapidated Soviet-style housing, as renters. We need change and we need hope.
When Obama get out of office and your life stays the same,who do you think will be the problem than??

JPA

Since: Jan 10

Pickerington, OH

#20 Jul 25, 2011
Ugh wrote:
So, how do you keep everybody happy? Right, you cannot!
At least practice the Golden Rule...He who has the gold rules.

Ain't it sweet. A real estate version of ethnic cleansing. The best way to clean up a trash filled neighborhood is a lot of hard work on the part of individuals....And above all, the ultimate effect of having a forceful "economic gatekeeper" to keep the newly gentrified neighborhood from re-accumulating the trash. That mechanism is working well in a few neighborhoods in Columbus. Albeit, there are rather stark lines of demarcation between gentrified and ghetto. In this area, it will be interesting to see how the large amount of insinuated ghetto will effect the progress of gentrification.
old news

Howard, OH

#21 Jul 25, 2011
all they are accomplishing is pushing the dirtbags to another part of town.

leave the neoighborhood as it is,so the dirtbags can congregate there instead of ruining another part of town.
Morgan

Louisville, KY

#22 Jul 25, 2011
"The goal of the Weinland Park Collaborative is to minimize gentrification, said Lisa Courtice, the collaborative's co-chairman."

my good lord. this is the GOAL of their entire ORGANZIZATION? to stop the fixing-up of an area that desperately needs it?

either get on board the progress train, or get the heck out of the way.
thats easy

Columbus, OH

#23 Jul 25, 2011
just saying wrote:
<quoted text>
When Obama get out of office and your life stays the same,who do you think will be the problem than??
Obama... and the people who voted for him.
hilt com

Nashport, OH

#24 Jul 25, 2011
price for progress.That what we heard for the 425 million dollar trash burning power plant ,all us tax payer are doing is building new schools so charter schools can take them over.
Hooked on Fonics

Columbus, OH

#25 Jul 25, 2011
Keep your property in nice condition and this wouldn't be a problem in the first place. Take pride, even if you are a renter, and you won't be targeted for "gentrification."
Why

Columbus, OH

#26 Jul 25, 2011
couldn't he let the people stay there and only raise the rent to 600.00? Maybe that would have given them a reason to want to do better. If they didn't keep up the place, then put them out.
ArborGuy

Columbus, OH

#27 Jul 25, 2011
You can't change people's behavior. If you want to clean up a neighborhood, the most important thing is to move the old residents out wholesale. Secondarily, fixing up the homes. But the most important part of reclaiming a neighborhood is 100% eviction.

After all, a bad neighborhood is NOT due to the physical condition of the surroundings - a bad neighborhood is 100% due to the mentality of the residents living there.
NoSecEight

Columbus, OH

#28 Jul 25, 2011
We need to call a spade a spade. Section 8 is a neighborhood destroyer. That program wrecked the inner city and now it is destroying the inner ring suburbs.

Section 8 housing provides a perverse incentive to landlords to actually convert what was decent middle class housing into slum housing. They spend no money on the properties and sit back while the rent rolls in from Uncle Sam.

Eliminate Section 8 and let market forces take over. Competition would force landlords to keep their properties up, and the lack of free housing would provide an incentive for the lazy welfare queens to go to work.

Section 8 Housing is a public policy disaster and a neighborhood destroyer!

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