by Fransetta Crow
I WISH I COULD FIND somebody that can make me believe that we don’t need SINGLE MEMBER DISTRICTS. I along with others agree on the issue and the importance of representation from the entire city of Amarillo. TAXSATION WITHOUT REPERSENTATION is unconstitutional and this unfair visible display speaks for it’s self. I am talking about the PICTURES THAT ARE POSTED ON BLACKAMARILLO.COM , on the Poorly planned SIDEWALKS THAT HAS BEEN LAID ON NORTH HUGHES STREET . This is showing the Past and Present Quality of work and service that is enforced upon TAX PAYERS AND PROPERTY OWNERS in NORTH HEIGHTS AMARILLO TX. The people have been victimized and oppressed for over 50 years by our CITY GOVERNMENT. Our FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ALLOCATES FUNDING TO ADDRESS THE VERY TYPE SITUATION THAT WE ARE BEING CONFRONTED WITH NOW. It has been over 100 years and North Hughes did not have a pedestrian safe, Handicapped accessiable sidewalk in place on the main THURFARE INTO THE BLACK COMMUNITY. HUGHES Street is not only a Residential street but also a Commercial street and has heavy traffic flow of over 1000 to 8000 vehicles daily on a TWO LANED STREET. The City of Amarillo Did Not Want SIDEWALKS ON NORTH HUGHES AND DID EVERYTHING TO PREVENT OR DENY the PROJECT PURPOSAL THAT WAS presented for funding approval. After The application was submitted a second time the EAST Side was approved for funding to put side walks down. In order to get the funding for the WEST SIDE another project narrative was updated and presented , and The City of Amarillo agreed to pay for it with the STIMILUS MONEY The CITY OF AMARILLO IS VIOLATING THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF THE NORTH HEIGHTS TAX PAYER AND PROPERTY OWNER by refusing to live up to their own city ordinances to keep all communities safe and clean , and to keep our neighborhood clean and put the right and safe Infrastructure in place . The North Height residents are also being DISCRIMINATED against and not treated fairly as the citizens on the SOUTH SIDE OF AMARILLO. The work being done on the SIDEWALKS is not only disgusting and an INSULT, but our MAYOR spoke to me over the phone last week and I appealed to her to please ” COME SEE WHAT I SEE”, again and to help in making sure the work was done right and also to help improve the community and the property that is City property. Many properties are out of conformity with the overall landscape of the street in several places and need to be addressed , and easily could with stimulus funding but OUR MAYOR SAID NO , and that she would uphold what ever the CITY Engineers decided to do. Well what we see in the Pictures tells us that their intentions are to ignore the PROPERTY OWNERS / TAXPAYER in North Amarillo. I know that if you drive all over Amarillo and look at the other sidewalks that have been put in other communities they have not been put down like this and this would not have been accepted . Why is the City allowing this travesty here in NORTH AMARILLO ? What A SHAME ! NOW I ASK AGAIN ” WHO KILLED NORTH HEIGHTS AMARILLO TX” ?
I will be writting a weekly update on the NORTH HUGHES STREET SITUATION.
OPPRESSED IN THE WEST!