Monday, September 29, 2008

Dousing Development?

I have been talking with a fellow for the past few days who is interested in buying and renovating a downtown building. His reason for choosing Racine is that the downtown is so close to the harbor where he would have his boat. I am quite certain that he would take the plunge on this project if, and this is a big if, he can avoid the prohibitively expensive installation of a sprinkler system. Additionally, there are several other concerns, such as whether he will be allowed to have a balcony extending slightly over city air space, whether city officials will be easy to work with, and how much he will have to pay the water department etc...

I certainly hope this gentlemen takes on this project and it is clear that the only thing that may disuade him would be the costs and regulations imposed by our elected and unelected city officials.

We roll out the red carpet for low income residents. Will we do the same for an enthusaistic gentlemen who has fallen for Racine, or will we chase him away?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awww, poor rich white guy. All the low-income people should feel so bad for those tough decisions you have to make.

Anonymous said...

SPLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLASH!!!!!!!

Denis Navratil said...

Anon 10:42, even though you might derive some perverse pleasure in making life difficult for successful people, you should also realize that your mindset will also harm the people whom you obstensibly want to help, insofar as you will drive development, jobs, and taxes to other areas.

Anonymous said...

i'll be sure to let the college-degreed, two-income family who makes too much for BadgerCare, but not enough to afford private health care coverage for their family, know of rich white guy's pressing dilemma. I'm sure they'll be sympathetic to rich white guy's looming, balcony-or-no-balcony decision.

Those damn low-income people just stink up the place don't they.

Denis Navratil said...

So it seems anon that you want rich white guy to pay for your health care costs while you resent him for it. Nice.

colt said...

Why would anon 10:42 even care? Come on The Great Obama is coming to heal us! His mighty hands will touch us and all will be well

Anonymous said...

Intelligent, powerful, well-connected Black Male who will be your next commander-in-chief.

I don't think it can get any better!

Anonymous said...

Powerful? He can certainly lift a talking point over his head. As for the well-connected (I thought you said well-hung at first), you're right - his thug and gangster friends could shake down any taxpayer they want.

Caledonication said...

And by "his thug and gangster friends", you mean Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan, right?

Oh wait, "The Reverend Jesse Jackson" wants to cut Obamessiah's balls off. Hmmm, maybe not so well hung after all.