Okay, I’ll Try Anyway

2 11 2016


There’s really no point to Messenger’s latest, something about MissingLink and regional cooperation, I guess, damned if I know.  But I do want to respond to a few points:

“I want it to go through disenfranchised communities,” says Franks, the Democratic candidate for House District 78, which hugs the eastern edge of St. Louis and contains most of the area where the Northside-Southside route would be built.

“I want people to sit on a train and see what the rest of the city looks like.”

The MissingLink already goes through ESL and Wellston.

What Franks means by that is that he wants Northside-Southside to go down Jefferson Avenue and have a stop at Cherokee Street.  Presumably so people can go see him beat up Trump pinata dolls.

Franks, who forced and won a special election after a judge found irregularities in absentee voting…

But I thought voter fraud didn’t exist.

So, too, is finding local funds to match the hundreds of millions that will be requested from the federal government to build a project estimated to cost $2 billion.

You mean a boondoggle.  If dirt ever turns, it’ll wind up costing at least twice that and be a few years late, because of affirmative action contractors.  For that money, the regular bus services could be expanded in a way that makes actual point to point travel for public transit users over the same general pathways even more efficient than MissingLink.

Flowers looks around Cherokee Street, which is slated to have a transit hub at its intersection with Jefferson Avenue, and sees “an area that probably you’d want to replicate” in other parts of the city along a transit route. It has density and diversity.

It’s a volatile toxic stew, the only thing going for it is that it’s getting less black, because Mexicans and other Hispanics, and that’s the part of the city where there is a small patch of Hispanic immigration, are bing-banging the black undertow and pushing them out.

Just the night before Flowers arrived, there was a double shooting in his Benton Park West neighborhood that left two women critically injured. While there is business progress in the Cherokee Street corridor, violence in Gravois Park and Dutchtown threatens to stem the tide.

It gets better:  In an alley behind Cherokee Street, ooks beat up and robbed an elderly cancer patient, that was about a week ago.

We all know how they will solve their “violence in Gravois Park and Dutchtown” problem — By unloading it on suburbs, using the rationale that FDR approved of red lines being drawn on maps 80 years ago, or something like that.  AFFH, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, in case you’ve been under Antarctica for the past few years.

And while the relocation of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to the city’s hollowed-out north side brings the promise of thousands of jobs, Franks wonders how many of those will help the local African-American community that calls those neighborhoods home.

The thing about the chosen NGA site is that it is mostly depopulated.

“We need to do simple stuff to concentrate resources where they’re most needed,” Franks says.

If mass transit is going to transform St. Louis, the first step is to invest in those communities that need to be replicated, says the political newcomer who has the ear of more than one mayoral candidate.

In that regard, Cherokee Street seems to be a good place to start.

Franks doesn’t even recognize the irony of all that.  “Cherokee Street seems to be a good place to start” only because blacks around there are being forced out.




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