Received this e-mail pertaining to above story.
I personally have never been to a points meeting. I have heard horror stories and the heavy handedness used. It is very difficult to evict tenants. Judges are pro tenant in Rochester. I am a firm believer that houses do not commit crimes, people do. Until the city holds those that do the crime, do the time, things will always remain the same. In a recent meeting with the police chief he warned the houseing providers to not confront those hanging out on your property. "You may get shot." Is losing your life worth not getting points?
Also, I have been a housing provider for 30+ years. NSC administrators do not always return calls. The people who hold these points meetings won't leave their comfy offices and even come down to the location where the alledged problems are and they don't own rentals but feel they are experts in their advise on telling us how to run the rental business. Its very simple! Put the criminals in Jail!!!
Mary, What this neighborhood needs are a hundred more activists like you. Not to take anything away from the ones who have been here and fighting for a very long time. Sometimes you just get burned out. I sincerely hope you don't lose your enthusiasm..keep it up! Can't wait to see what Plymouth Ave. looks like in 5 years.
Oh my goodness! I have been so busy getting my house ready to sell and having so much fun working on colors and furniture placement at my new house on Plymouth Ave.that I haven't responded. Thank you for your kind words. I can't wait to see what Plymouth Ave looks like this summer. The other day, when it was warm out, there were people walking their dogs, jogging, riding bikes etc. and no drug dealers on the corner of Plymouth and Jefferson. Residents are coming into the Deli and keep coming back. They thank us and ask us not to leave. Last week I posted on face book a kindness that occurred at the deli but forgot to post on Loc 19.
A resident came into the Deli as she does three or four times a week. It is difficult for her to get around but she always makes it in. Anthony asked her what he could help her with and she said nothing. She opened her pocket book and took out $20 and put it in the tip cup and said, "I have wanted to do this for a long time. You people are so nice to us, you work so hard, please don't leave our community." Anthony humbly explained to her that she didn't have to do that and was so thankful for her thoughtfulness ( not the money ) that he insisted she take all the cookies. It made our day to be so welcomed by the elderly residents. I just love them. When they come in, I like to sit with them and listen to their stories. Of course when they leave, Anthony says, "hey how about helping me make sandwhiches, and less talking." So many people come in and thank us for coming, it has been a wonderful experience for us and they have added so much to my life. I do have many questions as to why the Plymouth area was abandoned by the city? Why was Plymouth able to be cleaned up without the help of the city in less than two years? The residents in the area deserved better than what they have received. I am thankful there are no more drug dealers hanging on the corner of Plymouth and Jefferson.
Accountability needs to be a word that residents begin to hold the city too. The city NSC likes to hammer the residents but who is watching and policing the NSC?????? The New York State Coalition of Property Owners & Businesses met with Dana Miller concerning some city policies that discourage local investors from investing in Rochester and I was very impressed with his responses and his preparedness for the meeting.
I know many of our young silver haired residents are concerned about not being able to stay in their homes because increased property values = increased taxes. Dana has assured me this will not happen. It cannot happen because our older residents are the communities backbone and heritage. We will fight hard for our residents.
I'd love to meet you! Come on down to the Deli and have coffee with me. Everyone is welcome! The fun is just starting!! Frankenstiens will be worked on very soon and hopefully will be opening in early Fall.
I've often wondered why Plymouth Ave. was left to deteriorate considering it is the gateway to downtown from the airport. What must visitors think. There are some grand old houses up and down Plymouth.. they represent what used to be and what could be again. Hope more of them will be rehabbed/restored instead of tore down and replaced with cookie cutter dwellings.
I rode the bus downtown last sat. Thought it would be fun to walk around and just enjoy the beautiful almost springlike weather. Ended up feeling discouraged by the absolute gray depressing deteriorated condition of our city. Filthy littered streets, stained and broken sidewalks, boarded up windows, closed businesses. This is the best we can expect in a city of absolute wealth and prosperity. I don't remember the name of the person that owns a big chunk of property in the downtown Main and Clinton area, but he ought to be ashamed to claim ownership of that eyesore and the city of Rochester should be ashamed that they have given him a pass. There must be a dozen code violations just on the exterior. Code enforcement will hassle a landlord to replace a cracked tile in a laundryroom or paint a windowsill in a closet..my personal experience, but allow some violations that are so blatant because it's easier to pick on the little guy.
Then riding the bus back up Plymouth and seeing all the potential redevelopment because of people like you and your sons, it is heartening. I just don't want to think that Rochester could become like Detroit.
BTW..as for Dana Miller, I still haven't forgiven him for going against the majority of people in the Mt. Hope/Ford St. neighborhood and approving that godawful Erie Harbor. Wonder how many people that eyesore sent fleeing to the suburbs. All the landscaping in the world is not going to change that mistake!
We all deserve forgiveness. I don't have the info on that project. I think the ugliest building is the high rise. Keep your chin up and keep smiling.
Also, are you sure it was just Dana? Words from a very wise City Council person, Carolee Conklin, every time I meet with her she always reminds me, "remember Mary, I'm just one vote. You need to convience the rest of Council."