Residents speak out on parking downtown

Residents speak out on parking downtown

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Since: Nov 11

Wilmington

#1 Jan 3, 2012
About time someone called out Wilmington out on their corrupt parking policies and laws. Wilmington has enough issues going on to keep people from going in the city, this is just another big one on the list. For a city that wants to attract people downtown, or anywhere for that matter, the parking problems need to be addressed. I for one avoid Wilmington for several reasons and this is on the top of the list of reasons why.

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/2012010...

“Old 16th Graveyard hole”

Since: Nov 11

Bluffton, SC

#2 Jan 3, 2012
You are right Exit. For a city always on the brink of bankruptcy you would think they would do all in their power to get people INTO the city, shopping, eating and being entertained. The problem is probably more with the numb nuts parking meter people. The example of the woman given a ticket for not "immediately" depositing coins in the meter is a prime example, as is the one of the three family members constantly ticketed despite having parking stickers. The qualifications for meter police seem to be ability to write their name and that's about it! Maybe the Squatters could take over the job as a community project, save the city a little money and since they are all so well educated, they should be able to handle the job. LOL - Me!

Since: Nov 11

Wilmington

#3 Jan 3, 2012
The squatters, HA, that's right, those freaks are still down there, or are they? If the squatters want to do something for the community, they can clean up their obamaville camp, go get a bath, and try a job on for size.

Wilmington will be a cesspool until they elect a real Mayor who will clean the place up and has a sight for the future. Right now, it's nothing more than another crime ridden, user hostile city with no answers about how to move forward.

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#4 Jan 3, 2012
@exitde, Ballybunion, "Wilmington officials will meet with Grant on Jan. 13 to go over these issues. They also are aware of the online campaign and give it kudos, as well as criticism.

"It has the potential to be helpful in terms of informing citizens and can serve as a forum for citizens to air grievances," said William Montgomery, Mayor James M. Baker's chief of staff."

Downtown Wilmington has improved despite continuing parking problems and even Mayor James M Baker conceded that there were problems ,but welcomed the direct democracy activism of Grant and the area local businesses for pressing for fair and adequate parking rules .

There is the great deal at the city's only avant-garde cinema, Theatre N at Nemours ( For the price of a movie ticket you can get ,upon validation,$1 dollar parking across the street at the parking garage)

“Old 16th Graveyard hole”

Since: Nov 11

Bluffton, SC

#5 Jan 3, 2012
exitde wrote:
The squatters, HA, that's right, those freaks are still down there, or are they? If the squatters want to do something for the community, they can clean up their obamaville camp, go get a bath, and try a job on for size.
Wilmington will be a cesspool until they elect a real Mayor who will clean the place up and has a sight for the future. Right now, it's nothing more than another crime ridden, user hostile city with no answers about how to move forward.
I don't know if the squatters are still there or nor, still in SC and I haven't even checked with the NJ to see what's going on. Bill Montgomery may run, he would do a good job if he decides to do it. Of course it's a thankless task. I have talked with the powers that be and they are none too happy about the mess no matter how good a face they put on it in public. You should hear what they really think about those clowns and the councilwoman who enables them with the porta potty. It would make your ears tingle for sure
exitde

Claymont, DE

#6 Jan 3, 2012
frontporchreactionary wrote:
@exitde, Ballybunion, "Wilmington officials will meet with Grant on Jan. 13 to go over these issues. They also are aware of the online campaign and give it kudos, as well as criticism.
"It has the potential to be helpful in terms of informing citizens and can serve as a forum for citizens to air grievances," said William Montgomery, Mayor James M. Baker's chief of staff."
Downtown Wilmington has improved despite continuing parking problems and even Mayor James M Baker conceded that there were problems ,but welcomed the direct democracy activism of Grant and the area local businesses for pressing for fair and adequate parking rules .
There is the great deal at the city's only avant-garde cinema, Theatre N at Nemours ( For the price of a movie ticket you can get ,upon validation,$1 dollar parking across the street at the parking garage)
Baker is a clown and I could care less what he has to say, he is a big part of the problem. No more pacification with speeches and lala land dreams of what Wilmington is, it's a cesspool and needs to be cleaned up. Wilmington could be a nice city; there are a lot of assets going to waste there. Until the time comes you don't need a flame thrower to safely walk the streets, and the parking issue is resolved, it will continue to circle the drain. I've been here since '59, you can't tell me anything about Wilmington I don't already know, and believe me I've seen Wilmington at is best and worst.

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#7 Jan 3, 2012
@exitde," you can't tell me anything about Wilmington I don't already know, and believe me I've seen Wilmington at is best and worst. " You just don't know Wilmington lately as you already admitted not going downtown anymore. Wilmington has done a good job at preserving its heritage, from Caesar Rodney's equestrian statue in Rodney Square, the the Biden Train Station renovations, the Queen Theatre, The Grand, also a first for Delaware , the Russell W Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge and Dupont Environmental Education Center on Wilmington's waterfront--that's dedicated to promoting greater ecological literacy and the importance of understanding our reliance on healthy ,local natural ecosystems, for our survival ,welfare,and happiness.
exitde

Claymont, DE

#8 Jan 3, 2012
frontporchreactionary wrote:
@exitde," you can't tell me anything about Wilmington I don't already know, and believe me I've seen Wilmington at is best and worst. " You just don't know Wilmington lately as you already admitted not going downtown anymore. Wilmington has done a good job at preserving its heritage, from Caesar Rodney's equestrian statue in Rodney Square, the the Biden Train Station renovations, the Queen Theatre, The Grand, also a first for Delaware , the Russell W Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge and Dupont Environmental Education Center on Wilmington's waterfront--that's dedicated to promoting greater ecological literacy and the importance of understanding our reliance on healthy ,local natural ecosystems, for our survival ,welfare,and happiness.
I'm in that rat hole almost every day, I don't go out of my way to go down there. Like I said, there is nothing you can tell me about it. I see reading comprehension is not your strongest point. I guess you missed the part about the assets Wilmington has going to waste due to the conditions down there.

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#10 Jan 3, 2012
@Chiefbuck, "Having a small bit of sanity remaining" That's the only thing that you've said which makes sense of your apparent anti-social, illiberal, grumpy and anti-American attitude towards visiting the city to watch a baseball game, take in a play, movie, or enjoying the Urban Wildlife Refuge and learn more about the local flora,fauna,and life around us. How un-American can you and exitde be?
exitde

Claymont, DE

#11 Jan 3, 2012
Chiefbuck wrote:
Having a small bit of sanity remaining and being a resident of this delightful state for only 15 years, I must admit to avoiding Wilmington whenever possible. As far as the waterfront, ball games, Rail Splitter meetings and occasional lapses of memory are some of the very few reasons that I would risk my life to attend. Maybe after my flak jacket and armored personnel carrier are delivered.....
The waterfront is about the only place I go intentionally in Wilmington, you are half safe there. Once a Mayor is elected that will clean the place up it will be different, it will take years, but the drug dealers and gang members need to be run out of town. I walked the streets in Wilmington in the realy 60's as a kid and the last thing we worried about was being shot, mugged, robbed or anything else. The 70's it started to flat line, the 80's it started to go downhill. Now it's on the skids.
exitde

Claymont, DE

#12 Jan 3, 2012
frontporchreactionary wrote:
@Chiefbuck, "Having a small bit of sanity remaining" That's the only thing that you've said which makes sense of your apparent anti-social, illiberal, grumpy and anti-American attitude towards visiting the city to watch a baseball game, take in a play, movie, or enjoying the Urban Wildlife Refuge and learn more about the local flora,fauna,and life around us. How un-American can you and exitde be?
What's un-American about stating facts?

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#13 Jan 3, 2012
@exitde, Neither you or Chiefbuck were 'stating facts' just your opinion. Also, in my opinion, it is un-American to not like baseball played on the local neighborhood ball field. Juvenile crime has been a persistent inner-city problem for decades,but it never prevented past citizens from staying active in the neighborhoods, attending local churches, supporting inner-city public schools, arts and music venues . Social mentoring non-profit groups have made great progress in improving the moral upbringing of many inner-city youth most susceptible to illegal drug abuse, school bullying, and street violence.

Since: Nov 11

Wilmington

#14 Jan 3, 2012
frontporchreactionary wrote:
@exitde, Neither you or Chiefbuck were 'stating facts' just your opinion. Also, in my opinion, it is un-American to not like baseball played on the local neighborhood ball field. Juvenile crime has been a persistent inner-city problem for decades,but it never prevented past citizens from staying active in the neighborhoods, attending local churches, supporting inner-city public schools, arts and music venues . Social mentoring non-profit groups have made great progress in improving the moral upbringing of many inner-city youth most susceptible to illegal drug abuse, school bullying, and street violence.
You haven't really been around have you? They were facts.

Since: Nov 11

Chickamauga, GA

#15 Jan 3, 2012
I had to go to DOL to read the article & it is another sad story about a once enjoyable city that continues down a steep slope of steady decline. As a former resident, I thought the worst chapter in the city's history were the 1970's riots. But things continue to get worse than even that was. Innocent people are killed in broad daylight going about their normal activities. Those in charge seem to be helpless, clueless, & not motivated to do anything to improve the city. Instead, they inflict more problems & inconvenience on those who try to benefit the city. Now that I live outside the city, what I miss the most is the way life in the city used to be.

Since: Nov 11

Wilmington

#16 Jan 4, 2012
TrueBlueHen wrote:
I had to go to DOL to read the article & it is another sad story about a once enjoyable city that continues down a steep slope of steady decline. As a former resident, I thought the worst chapter in the city's history were the 1970's riots. But things continue to get worse than even that was. Innocent people are killed in broad daylight going about their normal activities. Those in charge seem to be helpless, clueless, & not motivated to do anything to improve the city. Instead, they inflict more problems & inconvenience on those who try to benefit the city. Now that I live outside the city, what I miss the most is the way life in the city used to be.
Actually the riots were in '68. I remember the Guard armed with M14s and shotguns on the streets, several posted on every corner, Jeeps and Duce and a halves parked everywhere. We sat on top of McKees hill and watched the valley in city burn. Not a good time. Wilmington never really recovered and now is hitting bottom. It's not Camden or Chester yet, but if things keep going the way they are, it will be.

“Old 16th Graveyard hole”

Since: Nov 11

Bluffton, SC

#17 Jan 4, 2012
I was in CA at that time, what started them? There was unrest all over the place, I remember the sit-ins at colleges shutting down classes and stuff but I don't remember anything about why the riots in Wilmington happened.

Since: Nov 11

Wilmington

#19 Jan 4, 2012
Chiefbuck wrote:
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The tragic death of Martin Luther King was the cause of riots. Wilmington has the distinction of being the American city that was under martial law for the longest period of time in our nations history. Many people who were not here at the time don't connect the two because of the time span. Don't feel bad about not remembering this because few know about how severely blacks were abused in NYC during the civil war. Our students are taught "modified" American history in far too many classrooms.
Yes, Dr. Matin Luther King assasination, that was the reason. Gov. Terry did keep the guard in Wilmington until the end of his term, Gov. Peterson released them when he took office. People who lived here during that time will not forget it. Down on Gov. Printz at the Merchandise Mart was one of the staging areas as I remember, that parking lot was loaded with equipment and troops at one point.

What happened in NYC during the Civil War?

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#20 Jan 4, 2012
@Chiefbuck, "The tragic death of Martin Luther King was the cause of riots." Not exactly. The death of Martin Luther King Jr. may have ignited more anger in the black -american minority, but it wasn't the 'cause'. The cause of the race riots was caused by deeper,underlying social conditions, gross inequality of incomes between whites and blacks, the culmination of the community-decaying effects of the imposition of racist Jim Crow laws , extreme poverty,urban decay, poorly funded inner-city public schools , and police brutality in racial profiling. Wilmington was only one of many US cities where race riots occurred, Detroit; Newark,N.J.;Watts in Los Angeles, Montgomery , and Selma Alabama, etc.

Since: Nov 11

Wilmington

#21 Jan 4, 2012
frontporchreactionary wrote:
@Chiefbuck, "The tragic death of Martin Luther King was the cause of riots." Not exactly. The death of Martin Luther King Jr. may have ignited more anger in the black -american minority, but it wasn't the 'cause'. The cause of the race riots was caused by deeper,underlying social conditions, gross inequality of incomes between whites and blacks, the culmination of the community-decaying effects of the imposition of racist Jim Crow laws , extreme poverty,urban decay, poorly funded inner-city public schools , and police brutality in racial profiling. Wilmington was only one of many US cities where race riots occurred, Detroit; Newark,N.J.;Watts in Los Angeles, Montgomery , and Selma Alabama, etc.
The riots in Wilmington were a direct result of his assassination. You can't re-write history. Yes, there were huge underlying issues back then, but what happened in '68 in Wilmington was not a general riot based on those issues.

Since: Nov 11

Chickamauga, GA

#22 Jan 4, 2012
exitde wrote:
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Actually the riots were in '68. I remember the Guard armed with M14s and shotguns on the streets, several posted on every corner, Jeeps and Duce and a halves parked everywhere. We sat on top of McKees hill and watched the valley in city burn. Not a good time. Wilmington never really recovered and now is hitting bottom. It's not Camden or Chester yet, but if things keep going the way they are, it will be.
You're right about '68 -- I got my years mixed up. The aftermath of the riots was still very evident in the '70's with lots of abandoned, burned-out buildings lining many streets. There was a machine gun nest set up in front of Wilmington HS for many months. Between the riots & the building of I-95 thru the center of the city, most of the middle class left. Mayors Mahoney & Frawley did try to introduce some initiatives to help the city but they were very limited in their success.

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