We love many of our poor neighbors; we just don’t love the fact that they are poor. We would like to see them rise above poverty, and that is a prime reason that we oppose the site of the Mercy Housing project. If there is a demand for this housing, (the “$49 move in” sign posted at the apartments at Veteran’s Memorial and Ga. 53 seems to belie the need), there are numerous places that would perfectly accommodate such housing.
Myrtle Hill is the largest historic attraction in Rome. What facilities currently exist for tourists at that site? There is nothing there to welcome them, to encourage them to spend a while, or a bit of money. Although low-income housing can be put in any number of places, there is only one place that will accommodate tourist services in South Rome, and that is the property under dispute. Does Myrtle Hill have to fall on the people involved with the SRRC/SRRA to wake them up to the possibilities of permanent jobs for South Rome residents at concessions in a park/car-park/restroom/eatery/tour-complex? This land use should have been the first solution, and funding should have been applied for through SPLOST years ago.
There is no other place to locate any tourist facilities near Myrtle Hill, and instead of money coming in to South Rome, it will hemorrhage out if this project is not more intelligently sited.
SUSAN CARLSON, Rome