Archive for September, 2009
Trenton’s numbers don’t tell a pretty story. By anyone’s measure it’s currently an unsuccessful city.
- Trenton has 17.5% unemployment,
- We have a $20M budget shortfall,
- We will be bankrupt in 2012
- We have the highest taxes in NJ
- We have the 2nd highest crime rate in NJ
- And, we’re losing population
This is not a good situation. Read the rest of this entry »
Political representation of Trenton’s South Ward was snatched from the hands of Trenton’s political machine three years ago by a smart and energetic Baptist minister. Reverend Coston was well educated, well read and well …. basically a decent guy.
Coston did much to initiate the Ward’s political renaissance through his efforts in organizing opposition to two ill-considered government funded housing projects in 2004. HUD’s Hope VI would have replaced the old Kearny homes project with another one and Leewood Village would have bulldozed 8 blocks of the South Ward in order to make room for subsidized fake colonial townhouses. Coston became president of the Lamberton Historic District Committee (LHDC) which hosted meetings that regularly drew 300 residents to the protests.
I bring up this bit of South Ward history to point to both what’s needed and what’s lacking in the crop of candidates hoping to fill Coston’s now vacated council spot. Read the rest of this entry »