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home : opinions : letters to the editor   May 22, 2015

10/13/2012 2:07:00 PM
Open Forum: Dealing with La Salle eyesores? Think outside the box





Many of you read the article in the local paper on Friday titled “No easy answer for La Salle eyesores”. The article was again bringing attention to the properties that bring down the look and the value of those homes that surround them. What is the answer? We have had this problem for as long as I can remember and past fixes. It’s time to think” outside the box “or” outside the yard “if you prefer.
First, what has created this problem? The answer is the breakdown of the neighborhoods over the years. In the past there were far fewer rentals and more owner occupied homes which led to a more stable neighborhood and a sense of community. If you rent, many times you are not vested in your neighborhood. You may only be there for a year or two and move. Not all renters are bad and many who rent their home out are caring property owners but the percentage needs to change.
Promote home ownership over renting, bring back communities not a constantly changing makeup of residents. We can start by creating a program whereby the city promotes the purchase of homes to those who would occupy the property. Provide funding to repair those distressed properties in the form of a low cost loans. Demand that local contractors be used for repairs and seek owner occupied buyers or current owner would be required to live there for a specified period of time.
In worse case scenarios the city would purchase the property. After repairing or building new, the home would be sold only to a qualified owner occupied buyer. In this way we promote home ownership and the rebuilding of neighborhoods. This in the long term will bring back pride and the sense of community back to areas of our city that need it the most!
I know that a plan like this requires money, but it can be done. The funds would be returned to the revolving loan format when properties were sold or loans repaid so they could be used again. Details would need to be worked out and rules established but I am offering an idea which fundamentally changes the way we deal with these properties.
I know this: If the City of La Salle is so flush that it can afford to “gift” a million dollars to L-P for a sports complex then I think we can find the funds for this idea.


Garry Schroeder,
La Salle












Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012
Article comment by: METALWORKER

Mr. Duncan. Yesterday was Sunday and in the town leaves and garbage were being burned. On the ground and in barrels. I thought you and the burn ban goon squad were going to spend your free time policing the town.
I thought that by now all barrels would have been picked up and hauled away.
You and the rest of the squad have said that a drop off site would be provided.
Well, I guess that that site is some where around the East side waste water plant off of Eagle Dr. which is on no map of La Salle and no street sign is anywhere in the town reading Eagle Dr. Provide a map and put up a sign .

Also as stated in the note from all of you, that site would be open only five days a week and only until 3:30 PM. Way to go, make it so no one can use the site where ever it is.
Our mayor and council hard at work. It looks like burning is still the way to go as it is still being done


Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Article comment by: METALWORKER

I still maintain that if properties are to be kept up the city must do its part.
That means maintaining city properties from the street to the sidewalk to the alley.
This mayor and councel talk a good talk, lie a whole lot and spend taxpayer money like there is an unlimited source.
A start to a better city woiuld take three things.
A new mayor, and council.
Repeal home rule and a new head of the dept of pub. works.
The change has to be a change from the top down.


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