The Neighbors proposal is a modest project but it is a symbolically important step towards recognizing a shift in focus from building new housing stock to replacing or renovating existing stock. Cities and villages have the advantage of offering neighborhood and services to new residents. These sprawling rural complexes do not, although they are something of a political necessity in a bid to spread the wealth around.
The candidates are not doing . much to raise specific issues...No pressers or position papers. That means they respond to other agendas.
I raised the NOW proposal at Council last meeting to give the lawmakers a heads up on the application as City Council will have to approve Watertown Trust participation in a regional project.
This particular effort is worthy of that participation as the focus on rehab clearly has the most application to the city's aging housing stock.
In fact other area villages have similar issues. Take a place like Antwerp where the downtown has severe issues. Last thing they need is another 500 units built in a cornfield somewhere in LeRay.
And finally the brick, vacant houses used in the Times story I too have viewed these every day and am always perplexed why someone hangs on forever, paying taxes. Obviously they hope the property will be valuable some day, but for now it only creates a mess
You can also read in this Times story, where the forces that be line up on the Council race. No insider information here...no leaking of state secrets, just an observation from your humble blogger who has followed such things for some time.
Watertown Daily Times | City Council candidates weigh in on evolving housing problems