What if we could start construction tomorrow on an LNG platform south of the Braga Bridge? What if we just tore down 64 Durfee Street and put up a nice modern 'rent controlled' building? What if we tore down some of the eyesores near the the new Downtown courthouse and constructed a new jail right next to it, that would save the Commonwealth some money on transporting criminals and create some good construction jobs here in Fall River!
Maybe we should surrender our park land to the redevelopment authority so it can be converted to condos or strip malls?
If we did all of these things or any of these things we would be creating jobs and adding to our tax base. This seems to be what our city leadership wants, maybe what a majority of our city wants.
Forget the lofty dreams and unattainable goals. Fall River needs jobs! Fall River is not an arts city! It's a poor city! Fall River needs jobs! We need more people paying taxes not more people looking for tax breaks!
If we did all these things Fall River would certainly be booming over the next few years as new construction would spring up with all those jobs and later all those taxes! How silly I and some of us on this blog and others would feel once we saw the benefits of everything we were trying to stand in the way off.
Yup, if we could only start this today Fall River would be doing okay for the next few years!
But then what?
How often do people who live in 'rent controlled' housing go out to eat in upscale restaurants? And with an LNG platform dominating the river how would we develop our waterfront?
Where would be twenty years from now?
Can you imagine if you had to come up with rent money today so you sell your car only to realize you now have no way to get to work?
Good leadership requires not just the ability to see us through today but to have a vision for tomorrow.
Giving away our ability to develop our city, settling for projects that may create jobs that our here today but gone tomorrow, giving up our long term health for short term gain is only going to leave us in the same rut that we've been in for decades.