Wednesday, September 7, 2016

WDT: Residents Surprised to Find They Live In The Ghetto

     I was chatting with a longtime friend who lives on Hoard Street near the schools and she was surprised to learn she is among the city's poorest.
    In a broad swipe at a whole section of Watertown, the egalitarians declared the area east of Mill Street and north of the Black River as the 'po' part of town. All three of my employees live on the North Side, two of them, plus me, in the Times' ghetto.
    In a sprawling multi day story on poverty in the WDT, this part was labeled by the bureaucrats as the poorest part of town based on Census data. 
    If we are in the hood, can we have lower taxes ?  Fact is, this part of town is filled with nice homes and some that need some help. We have vacant homes but little street crime.
     I have no problems with my neighborhood. Maybe being 'po isn't so bad as you don't have to be so unctuous.
     Speaking of blight, I heard a rumor that crappy brick building on the corner of High Street and Factory Square is coming down....Be careful....What's behind it isn't so pretty...But its a start. 
Watertown Daily Times | Poverty becoming more of an intergenerational issue

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where you live, it isn't crappy because of how little money the folks have. It is crappy because of the values of those folks who live there. The entire county is full of poor people and always has been. But when those people work instead of suck on the govenrment, they make better neighbors. When those people work instead of drinking and doing drugs, they make better neighbors. When those people take care of the places they live in, instead of waiting for the landlord do it, they make better neighbors. When those people wait until they are in their 20's to have babies, they make better neighbors. When those people make tier children behave properly, they make better neighbors.

Anonymous said...

It's called census data, Jeff. The data says that section of the city has the lowest median income. It's not some fictional concept pulled out of thin air. I live in that section and drive through it regularly. Have you checked out your neighbors on Pearl St., or upper East Main? It certainly isn't the South Side. If we don't acknowledge these things, how are we supposed to make it better? Get your head out of the sand and be part of the solution.

Anonymous said...

But you don't live west of Mill Street,you live east of it,according to what they have written there.Sounds like they have cut the northside essentially in two,from Mill St west is what they are talking about,streets like Cooper,West Main,Bradley,Superior,etc.Pretty broad swipe,yes the west main and streets close to it have some not so good houses,but a few blocks further north are some very nice houses.It all seems pretty prissy and bluenosed,to me.

Anonymous said...

At least now you understand why it was okay to shut down the Mill street bridge and Factory street for the entire project. You people in the Ghetto don't matter and aren't worth the extra 1% it would cost to maintain some traffic flow in both directions, like is done on every single other project ever done in the city.

Anonymous said...

The other thing to consider is most all the north siders have to pay taxes. If they lived near the golf course and could shop at the PX, they wouldn't be troubled by inconveniences like that. Maybe they should have applied for that King of Korea gig, as it were.

Anonymous said...

I live in this ghetto, and have all my life.

Think I'll head down to Social Services and be sure to bring this article with me.

Should help me get some free stuff right?