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Pottstown Predicts 2012

What changes do you expect the borough to make in 2012?

 

Pottstown faces a variety of ongoing issues. 

How do you anticipate, or want, the following matters to progress?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

•  -- In an effort to grow Pottstown into a vibrant, successful borough, a new economic development leader has been hired. Pottstown Area Industrial Development, Inc. several ...

•  -- Pottstown Police Dept. Detective Sgt. Brian Rathgeb said he and other borough officials recently visited homeless folks -- at local squatter camp sites -- to promote area resources including shelters ...

•  -- In addition to negligent landlords, the growing foreclosure crisis is expected to add to the number of problem properties that concern residents ...

•  -- A large Victorian on East High Street ... is a reminder that something needs to change ...

•  -- Perhaps to continue with their goal of bringing vigor and new life to Pottstown, revitalization was revisited ...

tom blair December 29, 2011 at 12:24 PM
The problem of slumlords in Pottstown is tied directly to state funding of Section 8 housing. Now that we have a Democrat county commission such funding will likely increase and Pottstown will continue (perhaps even grow) as its target. This problem is related to several others you mention - urban blight & revitalization. There's not much point in locating a business where most people live on welfare.
Golden Cockroach December 30, 2011 at 03:13 AM
It's time to take a closer look, again, at the lawsuit brought against affluent Westchester County, N.Y. A federal court ruled that concentrating low-income housing in poor urban areas of the county violates federal law. Counties, like Montgomery County, that receive federal grant money from HUD need to certify that they are following federal rules that include fair housing distribution. The Anti‐Discrimination Center won an unprecedented $62.5 million dollar settlement and Westchester County lost federal grant funding until they build 750 units of affordable housing, marketed to minorities, in mostly white, affluent areas. Unless the people in Pottstown and Norristown get behind this concept, in unison, I don't see the Dem's having much more impact on this issue, good, bad or indifferent than the Republican's have for lo these many years. It's not a party "thing" it's all about character.

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