The first argument, made by the city administration, is for the money. Potential property tax money that is. If so, they need to rework their spreadsheets. If the numbers in the article are correct and the land has a market value of $26 million, the city’s annual revenue would be roughly $170,000. The center is currently providing over $1 million a year in free services to city residents. It would take $130 million in improvements for the city to break even. Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
There is a clue provided in the article by a salivating real estate broker.
“That’s Class A. It doesn’t get any better,” said Creech, who thinks the land would be choice for high-rise condominiums, in large part because of the unobstructed view of downtown to the east and River Oaks to the west.
Exactly what the city needs. More condos, requiring more sewer capacity, more trash pickups, etc.. Meanwhile, when I visited the center yesterday, the streets in the surrounding neighborhoods were in complete disrepair, impossible to avoid potholes. But developers donate to campaigns and campaigns for governor are expensive.
But wait! It just isn’t fair says the city attorney.
And City Attorney Arturo Michel said it’s not fair to give such a sweetheart deal to one nonprofit. In fact, the city has begun reviewing similar deals with other nonprofits housed on public property.
Fair Mr. Michel? You want to talk about fair? Is life fair to the people that were born helpless, Mr. Michel? Are you so callous as to think that it is fair to turn helpless people away from help that costs you nothing? In the never ending search for more government revenue or political contributions?
Remember, it was the mayor’s own good heart that allowed thousands of helpless people from New Orleans to come into the city, soaking up resources and increasing crime. Why is his heart not the same when it comes to helpless people that do neither? How manycommendations has the mayor given to the people that give hope to the hopeless rather than fill our streets with violence, drugs and misogyny?
Why not do the right thing? Which is nothing. Nothing at all. Just renew the lease that was signed in good faith and let this group continue to help those that cannot help themselves. Doesn’t cost a penny to do the right thing.
This was published at Lonestartimes.com on April 2, 2007. LST’s archives are no longer online.
more than 20 years of commitment and dedication for giving back to the city.
And who is James Prince you ask? He is the founder of Rap A Lot Records, the rap label that put the South on the hip hop map. Whoo hooo. As for what he has given back, how about these “clean” lyrics from his most famous addition to the hip hop scene, the Geto Boys rapping The Mind of a Lunatic:
Lookin through her window, now my body is warm Shes naked, and Im a peepin tom Her bodys beautiful, so Im thinkin rape Shouldn’t have had her curtains open, so that’s her fate
Trust me when I tell you that as hard as that was to read, the rest of that “song” is so violently graphic you shouldn’t bother Googling it.
And the Mayor of Houston, along with Texas House of Representatives member Sylvester Turner, Houston City Councilman Jarvis Johnson and community activist Debbie Allen. is honoring this piece of cultural trash. Talk about selling your soul to the devil.
BENZION ADDS– Big Jolly, you are being far, far too kind to the elected officials here. Don’t worry, we will have you fully corrupted soon enough.
The lyrics are, indeed, profoundly offensive, but in the interest of The Public’s Right To Know, LST will be providing a link to them, in full.
It would appear that Mr. J. Prince is sort of a black-gangsta-rapping Dan Patrick, using his media empire to provide toys for thousands of kids at Christmas, shelter the homeless, assist the elderly, etc., and we’ll be the first ones to give him credit for that.
I would like to ask this favor, however–Mr. Prince, could you please encourage your customers to be a bit more polite and turn their music down when stopped at a light?
Do something about that and you’ll have my vote for Mayor.
Bigjolly says: While FOX reporter Carey is busy gushing over this piece of human debris passing out toys to the children, Mr. Prince’s website is busy promoting the latest and greatest album from Do or Die, while one of it’s members is awaiting trial on first-degreee murder charges.
On the day of the shooting, Smith was allegedly watching as two people — one of whom was his girlfriend Hamilton’s brother — fought on the street. The victim — Raynard “B-Dog” Pinkston — kept jumping into the fight, and Smith allegedly told him to stay out of it, prosecutors said. When Pinkston didn’t listen, Smith allegedly opened his coat to reveal a weapon, and he warned Pinkston that if he jumped in again, he “would get shot,” prosecutors said.
According to prosecutors, Pinkston challenged Smith to go ahead and shoot, and Smith allegedly did. He then left the area, and the gun was never recovered.