Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Letters to the Editor

September 9, 2013

Readers weigh in on Yum Yums situation

JACKSONVILLE — I would like to respond to those who do not believe the City of Jacksonville should pay to raze the Yum Yum's building downtown. The downtown area should be the centerpiece of any city. If your downtown area looks like a demilitarized zone what does that say about your town's economic viability? What about the city's responsibility to keep property values up? It's bad enough that so many of our older neighborhoods are marred by houses that the slumlords have failed to maintain. These small-town land barons have taken the personal responsibility of putting a 'for sale by owner' sign in front of these hovels. What does that do to help the value of the house next to it? One house can ruin a street. Is that what people want to happen to the downtown area? I am in no way suggesting that the city of Jacksonville demolish every blight on this town. If they wanted to put a lien against Yum's Yum's property to cover the cost of the demolition then I would be in agreement.  

All I know is that when someone is unwilling or unable to take personal responsibility for the condition of their property then it is up to the City to do what is best for the community. Letting the majority suffer just to keep one person from benefitting unfairly from the public's money is an impractical, narrow, and destructive way of thinking. The downtown area is not a private neighborhood where we can hide our shameful condition. It should be the jewel of our town, a beacon of commerce. I don't know where my contribution to the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful fund goes, but I would be willing to pay more than $1 if I saw less 'Make Jacksonville Glitter' signs and more bulldozing.

Christy Wheeler

Jacksonville

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