Between the Frankford Creek and Cheltenham Ave, Roosevelt Boulevard and I95, there’s like 38 thousand residents. How hard can it be to get a couple hundred people together to yell at some politicians? That’s one half of one percent of our residents. I can’t believe I haven’t brought this up before, but I’m gonna start blogging on what happens elsewhere in the city when residents band together and challenge everything they see that has a negative impact on their neighborhoods. They’re called NIMBYs. Not In My Back Yard. And they can be very effective. The problem with that is, WE DON’T HAVE ANY. So when the city goes searching for places to dump problems, they come to us because we don’t put up a fight.
Such was the case in East Falls last night where the community met with Deleware Valley High School to discuss the new “kiddie prison” setting up shop in their neighborhood. Here’s some video. Brian Hickey reports in today’s metro that City Counsilman Curtis Jones Jr. is withdrawing his support for the school.
I’ll follow this one, and let you know how it turns out. Maybe we can take a clue from the East Falls community. Because if we can’t find 200 people in a neighborhood this big to show up for town hall meetings or civic association meetings or to even show they care, then we deserve every thing that gets dumped here.