Different Visions For Huntington

Different Visions For Huntington

There are 2 comments on the West Virginia Metro story from Oct 15, 2012, titled Different Visions For Huntington. In it, West Virginia Metro reports that:

"If you've been to Huntington recently, I think you've seen a drastic change," Mayor Wolfe says of the results of his work over the past four years.

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#1 Oct 17, 2012
I'm a resident within the city of Huntington. As my screen name represents who I am, I walk all over the city of Huntington on my way to work or to visit the elderly, sick, or disabled in need of a little assistance. I see some improvements to our city but, I also used to live in more prosperous cities in the US. One thing I've noticed about our town is the fact that while there is always workers in the main sections of town that pick up trash and water the beautiful plants that decorate Pullman and sections of 3rd, 4th, and 6th ave; I also see where some other things could be done to make Huntington more appealing to prospective residents and business owners.
I know that the city owns a street sweeper and does use it at times but, I haven't figured out exactly where it's used. 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th avenues on the east end and lots of Avenues and streets on the west end could use it as well. Road dirt is just a start.
There are people who are ordered to do community service and also a multitude of homeless individuals. Why not give them reflective orange vests daily and supervise them to pick up the trash lying all over the vacant properties and on streets, avenues, and alley's? I was taught that if you didn't work, you didn't eat and I know there are a LOT of places that you can eat for free if you're down on your luck.
Secondly, those vacant properties for sale or rent. Explain to me why the property owners don't, aren't forced to, clean up around those they're trying to make money off of. Why would any prospective business owner want a building that's trashed and in dire need of an outside paint job or an inside massive cleaning? How is that "appealing" to anyone who is actually wanting to start a business but has limited income to invest? We all know that the economy is tight and taxes/fees are eating us alive. If I was selling or renting something I would at least try to make it an appealing, impressive, and desirable piece of property. Kinda like a car dealership; they wouldn't try to sell you a 10-20 year old vehicle for $2,000 that looks like it has never been washed and where you'd be afraid to even sit in it for fears of getting filthy. Think about it. Appearances are 99% of the sale, if it looks good people will buy it.
For prospective small business owners. I realize that big businesses such as retail stores, general stores, grocery stores and hardware stores have run the Mom n Pop stores into the ground. BUT that was YEARS ago, like when they first opened the big business places. With the economic downfall the US has experienced, there are a LOT of us without vehicles that live in town, who work in crazy locations just to pay living expenses and ride the bus. How are we "walkers n bus riders" supposed to get much needed essentials without having to carry them for multiple blocks or ride the bus with groceries that are likely to spoil? If we have to catch a ride with a friend, we're still obligated to at least help out with the gas and ya'll know how much gas/diesel is a gallon. Back street Mom n Pop stores are in MUCH need. I'd spend at LEAST $40 a week in groceries at a local business that was just a couple of blocks away, that employed local folks, and put money back into this town just so BIG corporate businesses didn't get the satisfaction of running the citizens into the ground. I'm not saying that Mom n Pop stores need to sell alcohol and tobacco products, I'm talking about canned goods, meats, deli stuff, homemade real food; hammer n nails, light bulbs, stove pipe, diapers, baby needs. I can't find a store on the 8th avenue side of the train tracks that's in a 10 block radius. It sucks to have a small child that's WIC approved and I have to get on the bus, go over to Walmart just to fill that voucher, and carry 2 gallons of milk along with juice, etc 8 more blocks back home after I got off the bus at a close to home location.
This is just my personal view but, it may help to revitalize our city.:D

Since: Oct 12

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#2 Oct 17, 2012
BTW, sorry about the "book" I just posted.

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