We here at SavePottstown!! think there is a bigger danger lurking in our midst.
What is a crap dealer? Unlike those peddling drugs…crap dealers’ bread and butter is…well…crap.
You know the type of person…someone who constantly lies and paints rosy pictures of things that don’t exist.
Take this flyer for instance. An astute SP reader passed this along after discovering it online:
Unfortunately, the unsuspecting folks at the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) were bamboozled when they hired their keynote speaker for their recent September workshop.
Because if the folks at ACE actually did a little background research, they would have realized that the keynote speaker they hired is a well-known in Pottstown for dealing crap…lots of crap.
They hired someone to speak who they were mistakenly led to believe has been successful in revitalizing a community using “innovative zoning”. Which is simply not true. If “innovative zoning” and a “user-friendly” zoning ordinance has been such a boon for Pottstown…where are the results? Where are the new businesses? Where are the middle-class families that this zoning was supposed to attract??
Pottstown’s current zoning ordinance was adopted in September of 2003 – almost ten years ago. What kind of innovative changes has Pottstown experienced since this ordinance went into effect?
In a Mercury article published on September 23, 2002 (eight years to the DAY of the ACE workshop), it was stated that, “The Planning Commission wants to speed up the approval process,” … “People making improvements to our buildings should be treated like valued customers, and time is vitally important to them.”
What a load of crap!
Let’s go back to June of this year, when an enterprising young couple wanted to bring a new business into Pottstown – one where they would operate a viable business on the first floor and live in the upper floors of the building. What happened? They were turned down, due to Pottstown’s “innovative zoning”. Were they treated like “valued customers”…not in the slightest.
In July of this year, Pottstown Borough Council set up a Zoning Ordinance Review Committee to review the disastrous zoning ordinance adopted in 2003. The Committee is currently in the process of determining changes that will help Pottstown embrace the 21st century in a more user-friendly way.
Not a moment too soon!!