I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
When I heard about the Cudahy Tannery leaving, I blogged about losing a business. I then received this email from a reader which made me pause and think.
“Randy, why does the Mayor want a road instead of jobs. If you have been following the Cudahy Tannery leaving we have the opportunity to replace those jobs and that company with another tannery company. I have read that it is very hard to get permits and regulations to build a new building for tannery. Why doesn’t Mayor McCue want jobs in Cudahy. How is this road going to bring jobs to Cudahy? We can do better then a road, that is called jobs that actually make something. I don’t care if Walmart happens, but here is a place where something could be processed and made. What better type of jobs could we have?”
I see the positives to the road, yet understand how jobs in Cudahy are very important! Then I received these emails from the same person two months a part.
“Randy: I am not seeing on the CudahyNow site. The article I read a couple weeks ago about tearing down the Cudahy Tannery. Spending 5.2 million to build a overpass/underpass to put Edgerton Av. thru. WHY?? If someone wants to buy the tannery and keep 75 people working. Another Mayor McCue idea I don't understand. ““Randy: Still am wondering, have asked before. What was with the Cudahy Tannery building? Did someone want to take it over and keep it open? Sounded like it to me.They'll spend millions to tear it down and build a road to nowhere.
Then on August 14th, I received this email plea.
“Randy – Did you read the cudhaynow article that the city wants to teardown more buildings for a road. What can you do about it?”
Here is the CudahyNow article
City wants to buy former tannery site
If the city is going to use the land and buildings to further new business, I do think that could be GOOD. Were the business there viable; is what we should be asking ourselves?Does the new road out weight what business and jobs could be placed back in the building?
What does the road improve? Access to the Park Way and easy access east. Possible better access for jobs at the industrial complex that boarders Edgerton.
What can the road bring that is bad? Increased traffic in an area that has children close by. Possible increase in crime. Takes the quiet area, maybe not in sound since trucking companies are right there, but with traffic to a noisy area.
Is it possible the bad things will never happen? Sure. The increase traffic could decrease crime by having more people around so less time in an area that is quiet.
In the end, does the end justify the means? While the CDA voted 7-0 to buy the two Gordon Gordon buildings on Packard Avenue, we might want to be questioning how we are going to create a new business development zone when the city will kick out 3 viable businesses in the dog groomer, the book shop, and the record store. This doesn’t sound like a Pro-Business decision.