Friday, September 4, 2015

Are you optimistic that the city can reduce its stock of abandoned and vacant properties?

READER POLL

Are you optimistic that the city can reduce its stock of abandoned and vacant properties?

No, the staggering number has stayed high for years
 
  83 (52.9%)
Yes, progress toward setting up a land bank will help dispose of properties
 
  26 (16.6%)
No, abandonment is inevitable due to city population losses since the '50s
 
  41 (26.1%)
Yes, development in many older neighborhoods has created new demand
 
  37 (23.6%)
Total votes = 157


Letters to the Editor
Bully pulpit indeed Donald Trump should not be a candidate for president. He is a loose cannon, and I am not just referring to the immigration issue, which has to be addressed by more logical minds. Trump would try to bully adversaries into submission and could initiate major conflicts. My concern is that he would blunder into a nuclear war with Russia or China.
UNTIL THREE years ago, my wife and I were like a lot of immigrants: Drawn to the U.S. by jobs better than what we could find at home, we saw ourselves as outsiders - temporary resident aliens, as the government called us. Even living in Washington, I followed U.S. politics with detachment, the way you'd watch a football game between two schools in states you've never been to. When our friends back home in Canada asked if we planned to stay, we'd shrug and joke about the weather being better.