Traverse City Record-Eagle

Your Views

March 21, 2014

Letters to the Editor: 03/21/2014

A regional challenge


Safe Harbor’s proposed emergency shelter will be open year round. Overnight housing will be seasonal. The plan doesn’t include a drunk tank but there’ll be an isolation area for those too inebriated or disruptive to be with others. Sounds like a drunk tank.

The emergency homeless shelters don’t reduce homelessness. Emergency shelters institutionalize homelessness and create a sustainable expanding population. They’re expensive to operate. The monies should be applied to housing. Hypothermia programs coupled with supportive housing reduces homelessness.

The Eighth Street Corridor Study for the Boardman area says in part “ … Appropriate uses … should include a range of retail, service, office, multi-family residential.” The study discusses Opportunity Development Sites: “ … redevelopment of this site would extent east to Wellington Street, including the existing business use and vacant site. Uses that provide enjoyment and views of the water should be promoted on the ground floor with multi-family residential on the upper floors.”

This is a five-county problem and should be dealt with as a regional challenge. A social experiment shouldn’t be located in the Boardman neighborhood just because a building is available. It will reduce property values and degrade the quality of our neighborhood and parks.

Richard Kuschell

Traverse City



Text Only

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Associated Press Video
Facebook Is Officially A Mobile Company 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Swiftair Loses Contact With Air Algerie Aircraft Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid