Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Mind Your District

One of the greatest faults in Columbia Redevelopment as it stands is that our council has continued to ignore the areas of the county that have the most room for growth. Just as everyone is sick when we talk about health-care, Columbia is failing when we talk about redevelopment. I don't see it. I see a city-town that has a rapidly growing center with new commercial developments popping up every year. Maybe my eyes deceive me and things would be much better with 20 footbridges and a green bus.

What I do know is that there are places in our county that do not feel like Howard County. For a period of time I worked with the County State's Attorneys Office. You may not be surprised to hear that our crime (about 5 years ago) was primarily taking place along the Route 1 corridor, primarily within the political division of District 2. This is an area that NEEDS growth. This is an area that can meet the supply due to new housing developments that spend most of their money on the other side of 95 in Columbia. Why are we ignoring this District? More importantly, why is Calvin Ball the most heavily cited councilman in this article? Why isn't he fighting for the rest of his district?

6 comments:

  1. Great link to an article on ginger root. But maybe you were looking to link to Calvin Ball's story?

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  2. Ha ha, thanks Anonymous. Link fixed. However, if you are on Celebrex, I strongly recommend talking to your doc about the virtues of ginger root.

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  3. I think Ball is Columbiacentric because most of his supporters live in Columbia. In his last election he stated he would clean up rte 1, yet that is where all the crime is at. I have a feeling he will readdress the rte 1 problem because of election year. I hope the people of District 2 are smarter than Ball thinks.

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  4. Those same people in Long Reach elected Russ Swatek over the glossy post cards and literature expensively distributed by his opponent for the Columbia Council, after Swatek visited and provided them with information required to make the best decision.

    It's the responsibility of the candidate to make sure those people are educated in 2010. Many many examples about Ball's performance exist so that part is done. If his constituents are properly educated, he's a goner.

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  5. I was so gratified to read this, though it's not related to local politics. I know that racism includes electing people based on skin color regardless of the skin color.

    Anne Wortham is clearly no racist

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  6. Hey, ginger tea is good for many things. If your child has frequent stomach aches, try it. Kids love it.

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