But when a specific case comes up, you're all asking completely different questions. At the county Town Hall last week, the director of the Carver Center stood and asked for the county's help in keeping the Carver Center open. Apparently he'd been told that, now that PAL is so active, the Carver Center wasn't necessary anymore. I was appalled that he even had to make a case. I've heard certain politicians in this town blame Norristown's crime statistics on the size of our population. They say you have to expect it because we're a city. Yet, when it comes to providing youth with programs to keep them off the streets, helping them become good citizens and contributors to the community, well, they say, one youth center is plenty. According to the last census, 26.2% of our 34,427 residents were under 18 years of age. That's over 9,000 kids. Even 2 youth centers can't cover that many. No one should be asking if the Carver needs to stay open. We should be asking how our leaders can let it close. Do me a favor if you're on Facebook, go to the Carver Center's page and LIKE it as a show of support for them, to let them know we understand the service they provide and the town's need for it.
Downtown? Everyone's great at imagining what Main Street ought to be like, but when issues come up in front of zoning and planning and Council that are detrimental to our vision of downtown, no one shows up or even bothers to email one council member. When Gaudenzia decided to take over a large building of our downtown, partially as a therapy facility for drug addicts, only a handful of people came to the hearings.
When asked, most of us seem to have the same vision for Norristown, but when it comes down to specific cases, we don't ask "What solution best fits our vision and will help us get there?" Instead, we refuse to get involved, or we take the easy path, and as Norristown gets farther away from our vision instead of nearer, we complain that it's someone else's fault.