Say No to Hidden Gentrification

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Barrio Viejo/Barrio Historico in Tucson face some development challenges

Monday, March 12th 2018, 6:27 pm MST by Bud Foster

http://m.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/37708665/barrio-viejobarrio-historico-in-tucson-face-some-development-challenges

HIDDEN GENTRIFICATION THROUGH TAXES

In Silicon Valley, with the boom of Google, etc, homes are selling for a million dollars (literally). My parents have been in the same home for 50 years. They were grandfathered in to property taxes, BUT restricted from making any “improvements”.

WE NEED A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN THAT PURPOSEFULLY FOCUSES ON EQUITY

I vote for areas that are accessible to foot traffic, bicycles, public transportation, etc (think Cyclovia), where street parking is limited.

I vote for a land use plan that focuses on greenspaces for community use.

I vote for housing plans that support affordable housing with affordable maintenance

I vote for street plans that focus on green streets, not patching streets.

I vote for an economic infrastructure incentive that supports local businesses with (1) resources to help them be successful; (2) educational components to the community that demonstrate why and how supporting local businesses benefits the local economy.

DEVELOPMENT OF CITY OWNED LOTS AS INCOME GENERATORS

I also don’t like what I have been reading about the City selling lots of land parcels. The City can maintain ownership of the land, have builders build on the land, and tenants pay the City a reasonable fee for use of the land, creating a source of revenue for the City.

 

POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS FOR USE OF CITY-OWNED EMPTY LOTS:

Locally run bed and breakfasts, utilizing employees who are “down on their luck” and need a hand-up, or are in job training programs (e.g. JobPath, and JTED).

Tucson still has enough charm, that it would appeal to visitors who could choose these places to stay at (over corporate hotels).

Of course, they would need to be marketed appropriately, and partnerships with local restaurants, artists, shopping would be helpful to success.

THE MAKE-UP OF THE CITY COUNCIL

City Council needs a membership of individuals with varied life experiences and perspectives, who will advocate for #EachOfUs and #AllOfUs.

WE EACH HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE

Tucsonans, please register to vote, and be sure to vote in elections!

You can register to vote online at:

https://servicearizona.com/voterRegistration

Your rights *can* be restored:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.lsgmi.org/downloads/CivilRightsRestorationBrochure.PDF&ved=0ahUKEwiQnInHqOnZAhVGrFQKHeKRBb0QFghAMAY&usg=AOvVaw3I6a3InkeyQJ-L5Q8mI-JS

Remember:  We do the best that we can.  We have all made poor choices, but when we serve our consequences, we get to start fresh.

I am sorry if there are people in your life who try to hold your past against you.  I believe in you!


We are each a piece of the puzzle of life.”

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