Thursday, July 7, 2011


THE MYTH BEHIND THE DEVELOPMENT OF DOWNTOWN

To be clear, I support 100% the development of downtown. I support the use of tax dollars for a parking garage. BUT - there is a truth. The development of downtown will bring more service industry jobs. These are minimum wage jobs. Let's not fool the poorest of the poor. The development of downtown will not bring good paying jobs to anyone but the owners and the owners of construction companies. Maybe a few bands and DJs will make a buck.

So to be clear, while I support the development of downtown, this is not a real job creation program. This city commission needs to start getting serious about meaningful job creation - and I mean not minimum wage.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

The only thing thats gonna create a nitelife in downtown is beer and tacos.

Anonymous said...

DITTOS YOU'RE 100% CORRECT.
WHAT WE NEED ARE GOOD HIGH PAYING JOBS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR THAT WILL PAY NEW TAXES INTO THE TAX COFFERS.

ANOTHER POINT I FIND ODD IS THAT ALL THOSE JOBS DT, LIKE YOU SAID MIN. WAGE BUT, THEY'RE "LEISURE/HOSPITALITY TYPE JOBS. WE ARE PASS A RECESSION AND ENTERING A DEPRESSION THAT "LEISURE" DOLLARS ARE QUICKLY DISAPPEARING!!!!!
JUST ASK ANY RESTAURANT IN TOWN. ONCE THEY START CLOSING IN OBVIOUS NUMBERS (WHO BTW PAY THE BULK OF THE TAXES-SALES TAXES) WE WILL BE IN A DEPRESSION. FOLKS THIS IS BASIC ECONOMICS 101!!!!!!

BOTTOM LINE DT DEVELOPMENT MAKES NO SENSE RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!

Thalia said...

Well, maybe when our population's education rate increases our skills will increase, therefore qualifying more people for jobs that pay more than minimum wage.

Anonymous said...

Any job is a good job in this economy. Just ask the millions of Mexicans who came here.

BobbyWC said...

College graduates desperate for anything are accepting minumum wage at Office Depot.

But your general point is correct. There is no vision at TSC even among the new majority when it comes to jobs. A community college has two functions - prepare the students for the univerity and job training. It does neithier in any meaningful way.

I will tell you - it will take a new majority of people who understand the above before we see chance at TSC. They are not about education - they are about land deals which benefit friends and family. It is sad we finally have TSC back - but that no one on the board understands the mission of a community college.

NO MORE CONSTRUCTION AND SUED TEXAS FOR THE RENT MONEY,

The money should be used to either provide more scholarships or lower tuition.

Bobby WC

gilvel said...

Actually you are correct to a point. What is needed is a mix of entertainment/retail/commercial business. While I agree that the entertainment might not provide much job creation you have to start somewhere to attract others. What I do not hear much about is downtown living as other cities have done. If the downtown is hopefully revitalized and job creation becomes reality some would like to live downtown if it became decent enough. We have a lot of buildings that if fixed would be attractive to make lofts or urban apartments. You point out the truth and reality and while cleaning and fixing downtown does cost, it is almost necessary that we start now what should have been done 30 years ago before all the commercial business went north of Palm Boulevard.