Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I grew up with James Traficant. He has been releases from prison no one has can stop talking about it.
Traficant ruled my area for years.
He really didn't do anything.
He let the downtown area turn into ruins. He let old beautiful buildings turn into shit. Instead of taking care of them, hoping for another bright day. He let trees and weeds grow on the roofs. Which led to the rain seeping through the roof, which lead to the buildings being destroyed. Millions of dollars in rain damage occurred when he was in control.
The guy talks endlessly but he couldn't have hired someone with a broom to clean the roofs of buildings.
When he was in control barely any businesses or factories came to the area.
After 7 years of him being gone, the downtown is beautiful, full of new businesses that had nothing to do with him.
Some new factories have been built.
Jay Williams and Tim Ryan, not the greatest talkers got the money to have the empty houses demolished. Empty houses which are horrible, because they are ugly, they bring in flies in the summer, homeless sleep in them, and they bring down property values are being demolished everyday.
There is a group called Grow Youngstown and Trees Pleeze which are planting things on those lands.
There is another group which got a lot of the land to just go back to nature. They let the land that was once a groups of houses, they allow nature to return and take over the area. The group I think considers abandoned houses to be giant pieces of litter.
The mob currently has little to no influence on the area.
The area has made great strides in quality of life.
James Traficant did really nothing to help that.
If James Traficant really wanted to help people, say the thing she mentioned about prisons. He would decide to work for inmate advocacy or something. He wouldn't run for congress.
If he had any real interest in America or humanity he would spend his days doing volunteer work helping the community.
He would have come back and applauded how downtown looked.
He would have applauded some of the new social and volunteer programs in the area.
He has done none of that.
He is just enjoys power and attention like a little kid.