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Postell's 'Great wall' idea not a bad one

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

Ward VI Commissioner Tommie Postell has asked Mayor Dorothy Hubbard to add an item to the City Commission's next work session to discuss the feasibility of erecting some sort of fence along Clark Avenue to shield the public from the remnants of Mimosa Trailer Park.

"It's really just disturbing," Postell said after the meeting. "We have people driving along Clark Avenue every day and that's what they see. We have a brand new Walmart in one block and blight on the next."

Mimosa, which would seem a better fit in Baghdad than on one of the city's most well-traveled thoroughfares, has long been a thorn in Ward I Commissioner Jon Howard's side.

It's Howard's persistence against slum and blight that has brought six mobile-home owners within the park to court.

But despite the city's best efforts, the park still remains a living example of visual pollution. And each day, truckers from Cordele Road and Sylvester Road use that portion of Clark Avenue to hop onto the Liberty Expressway.

MillerCoors executives visiting Albany drive by it on the way to the plant.

Passersby from near and far drive, walk and bike on that two-block stretch of blight.

A privacy fence along the city right-of-way could be problematic. Clark Avenue is, according to some, likely a state highway, which would mean the commission would have to get the approval of the Georgia Department of Transportation to erect any kind of barrier.

And even if the city did get the OK, long, flat fences often tend to be perfect urban canvasses for gang members and graffiti artists.

So, if the commission deems it feasible and possible to erect a fence, I would suggest the city solicit the help of the local arts coalition, the Art's Council and our local schools to hold a community appreciation day where we all, as one community, can get together and paint the city's largest continuous mural along the newly erected fence.

I think we can ultimately transform one of our biggest eyesores into our biggest piece of art and help to unite the community all at the same time.

It's just something to think about when the issue comes back before the board.

Email government reporter J.D. Sumner at j.d.sumneralbanyherald.com.

Comments

Jack_Frost 2 years, 10 months ago

Oh great, just what we need. More money to get wasted.
The fence will cost $3.8 million and will turn out to be chain link if the city's past is any indication of what will happen.

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waltspecht 2 years, 9 months ago

Wouldn't it be more prudent for a major crackdown by Code Enforcement, the Police and Fire Departments on this Trailer park to either get it up to snuff, or get it condemed

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jglass 2 years, 9 months ago

Condemn the trailer park and give the owners of the trash 30, 60, 90 days max to get ALL out or ALL would be destroyed and taken to the dump. A vacant lot with grass growing would really be nice to see instead of that "war zone" looking atmosphere.

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 9 months ago

I agree with this one. The wall sounds like a great idea, but what really needs to happen is have those folks take their mobile homes someplace else out of public view.

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JustAnotherVoice 2 years, 9 months ago

Postell's 'Great wall' idea not a bad one? Are you kidding?! IT IS A HORRIBLE IDEA! A total waste of money!

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank You Ward VI Commissioner Tommie Postell.

Postell is trying to cleanup and present a better look for Albany. While trying to go after the slum lords of the trailer park sounds good it would be expensive and could takes years. Time and energy might better be spent pursuing more “Grant Money” (like our great Welcome signs) to get GDOT to help build the “Great Wall”. Seriously look at how long the Heritage House has stood. Clean it up or Cover it up. No matter what you think of his politics at least Postell is trying to improve Albany to the OUTSIDE World looking in.

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skydog 2 years, 9 months ago

Which of Postell's family owns the fence business?

How about make it a city ordinance for anyone driving by or riding in a car to have to close their eyes, same results!

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CJ_Fan 2 years, 9 months ago

But that is one of the Major problems in Albany!!!! Too many close their eyes to problems or look the other way and pretend the problem is not there.

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billslugg 2 years, 9 months ago

In technical terms, the fence is referred to as an "adaptive fix". It utilizes valuable resources, covers the problem. does not solve it at the root, delays action and allows the problem to get worse thus requiring more Democrats to fix it.

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