Dickens to Claflin… Seth Childs to College… Will conitnue to fill in with multi-plexes or commercial. Leavenworth, north… Manhattan Ave to Juliette… Will continue to fill with multi-plexes. Wildcat Creek flood plain will continue to fill with commercial and multi-family… if you are ONE of the favored developers in town. No elected official is large enough to stop that infill, even if they wanted to. Today, we have at least four of the commissioners begging to do the bidding of the Chamber. As long as there is development, the Chamber can claim its coveted eco-devo position as THE driver of that train.
A few older dwellings will remain lining the first couple of blocks north and south of Poyntz. We have to have that for show. From Pierre, south, we will continue to see decline. One of our former mayors said the Community is becoming entirely too diverse. Gotta have some place to push those who we really don’t want seen as the Chamber gives their tours. The recent newspaper article said the Chamber was hosting tours for the Department of Ag employees and their families. Guess we’re trying to get them to all move here from Topeka. Wonder how often Colorado south to El Paso is included in that tour? Wonder if they replay City Commission meetings where there is bickering over funding of social service programs.
Manhattan is a great community. Not every contributor to the dynamic personality of this community is attached to the University or is a business mogul. There are thousands of mighty fine people in our community who, it appears, are the proverbial “red-headed step children” to community leadership.