COLUMBIA, Mo 7/12/16 (Op Ed) --
The water quality in Columbia's Flat Branch of the Hinkson Creek is already poor. And it will likely get worse.
A new sewer, paid for by tax- and rate-payers, will cross Flat Branch several times so inhabitants of downtown luxury student apartments can shower, wash dishes, and flush toilets.
Though city government claims everyone benefits from this new sewer, the
massive development of new student apartments
that prompted the sewer construction primarily
benefits developers and investors
City Hall and the black community have a strained relationship, hence the power of Kenney's feat. But his potentially victorious roll-out went sideways,
starting with the event's
heavy police presence.
A SWAT vehicle parked for tours alongside the event's barbecue dinner; uniforms lined up along left, right, and back walls of the church; officers resting hands on or around sidearms.
"He looks like he's going for his gun," my teenage son ...
Preventing deforestation instead of planning reforestation
is a much better option, says former Columbia Public Works superintendent
, a sewer expert who retired after nearly 40 years at City Hall.
Columbia sewer construction practices
include "destruction of swaths of mature trees wide enough to land a large airplane,"
A lazy-man's money-saver, deforestation puts tax-and-rate payer dollars in bank coffers and ultimately, developer hands.
Reforestation is a consolation prize
for a public which has ...
COLUMBIA, Mo 6/17/16 (Beat Byte)
are bringing some neighborly merit to
, a Boone County street that illustrates how social problems can surround neglected real estate.
"The trash in the streets is unsightly, and causes hazards for everyone -- especially the children who play here," they write on a
. "The goal is to get all the yards and streets clear of loose trash and debris on June 19th."
Cleaning up trash -- a simple objective -- can pay big dividends. The so-called
"Broken Windows Theory"
claims improving a neighborhood's physical environment can reduce crime.