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Re: “Who Wants a Stormproof Straw House?

Blue, for this and many other reasons, you're my hero.

Posted by FultonTeach on 08/31/2011 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Situation at Park Is Turning Ugly

Montrose Resident-
You are absolutely correct, I don't know the specifics of your experience as a resident here. So, I will apologize if anything I wrote in my previous post offended you. It was not my intention to offend anyone, but I am fiercely loyal to this place, and disheartened by how many people complain about the way things are, and how few people actively work to change them (not pointing fingers here).It makes me deeply sad, and frustrated (as I'm sure it does you) when situations like what you're describing above (guns, drugs, trash ect...) happen in our neighborhood. As an educator I want nothing more than to help young people make smarter choices for themselves. I think that a large part of this problem stems from some children never being taught to be proud of where they live, and be accountable and responsible for their actions. I hope that as a community, we will find a way to solve problems like the ones you are having together. We live in a community where people are constantly working hard to continue to make Fulton the amazing place it is into the future. I suspect that the issues raised here are already being addressed with Great Fulton's Future, but we would still welcome more voices, more perspectives to the to the table. I sincerely hope that we will all make an effort to be actively involved, to hold each other accountable, and to make the changes necessary to make this a place where EVERYONE can feel safe....

Posted by FultonTeach on 04/10/2011 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Situation at Park Is Turning Ugly

Barry Hill- Have you taken part in Greater Fulton's Future? I assume as a nearby property owner, you must have taken an interest and been actively involved, right?

Posted by FultonTeach on 04/09/2011 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Situation at Park Is Turning Ugly

As a Fulton RESIDENT (not someone who just passes through on their way to whatever "picture perfect" neighborhood they live in) I am, frankly, disgusted at the attitudes of some of the residents of this city.

First of all, let me clarify a few points for you: The men who gather next to the Lehigh concrete facility are a different group (though perhaps there are common members) than the group in Gillies Park. I for one LOVE the constant presence of the men next to Lehigh. I've driven by them thousands of times and observed them fishing, playing cards, and enjoying their little square of this city (the horror!). They don't bother anyone, they pick up after themselves. Who are they hurting and how would they keep Richmond from being a Tier 1 city?!

Fulton has a rich, and tragic history of uprooting it's residents. The old timers in Fulton Hill, the people who have lived here their entire lives, have been pushed out and literally bulldozed over more times than one can imagine possible. These people simply want a COMMUNITY. Something I suspect many of you don't know the first thing about. Yes, there are some issues with people gathering in certain areas. I believe that the trash and litter are mostly the result of some of the younger members of our neighborhood. Many of our youth are simply bored, and lacking in respect for the rich history of our community. Despite the litter and the fact that some people believe these gatherings may lead to crime ("It is only a matter of time before something bad happens...") the crime rate in Fulton remains low in comparison to other areas of our city. One of the reasons for this is that most of our community has a deep respect for the place that we call home, and wants to keep it safe and clean. I can only hope that we provide our youth the tools to have that same respect and sense of responsibility for Fulton in the future.

Fulton is an amazing community. Anyone should count themselves lucky to live here, and even luckier if they can count themselves a PART of this community. And, if you have concerns, I urge you to actively participate. Come to the community meetings, which are held every three months (the calendar is printed in Your Neighborhood News, the newsletter about our community that we each recieve. That is if you didn't toss yours without bothering to glance at it) OR participate in Greater Fulton's Future. Greater Fulton's Future is a community based project that aims to continue to make Fulton the best place to live in Richmond (but shhhh don't tell anyone, we want to keep it this way!) Among the areas the project addresses are: -transportation - education -transportation -culture, parks and programming -economic development -housing and -services. Members of this community, and friends, spent countless hours over the last 8 months going door to door inviting members of the community to be a part of this project. The folks who have shown up for these meetings are spirited, and fiercely love their community. We hold meetings twice a month and EVERYONE is welcome. I encourage those expressing their concerns here to attend the next meeting. Maybe it will change the way you look at the old men who gather in parts of our community... or maybe it will make you a part of it, rather than someone who just drives/jogs by with a look of disgust.

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Posted by FultonTeach on 04/09/2011 at 6:39 PM

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