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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Bohemian Hill Residents Converge

Someone who attended the first meeting of the Bohemian Hill Neighborhood Association on Thursday night had this to report: There were about 50 people in attendance, including Democratic Central Committee chair Brian Wahby. The discussion was intense and at one point centered on how Ald. Phyllis Young has yet to meet with residents of the small neighborhood, and at another centered on how people don't want to live next to a strip mall.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

"The first meeting of the Bohemian Hill neighborhood association..."

First meeting? How long has the name "Bohemian Hill" been around?

How old are these buildings?

First meeting?

Fold it into LaSalle Park and call it done.

gmichaud said...

What's wrong anony, don't like democracy? People begin organizing for many reasons, especially when they are threatened. It seems to me they have valid concerns, not to mention the larger concerns of neighborhoods adjacent to Bohemian Hill. Of course we certainly wouldn’t want serving the peoples interests to get in the way of making a boat load of money. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? ripping the system for as much money as possible, the interests of the people be damned.

www.tobyweiss.com said...

Guessing "anonymous" isn't from St. Louis, since they don't know the history of Bohemian Hill, how long that name has been around, and why people are interested in what little remains of it.

But "anonymous" also points up why developers can get away with this stuff. When first the interstate and then Darst-Webbe took out most of Bohemian Hill, the precedent was set: it's OK to carve up this neighborhood. So, to an outsider, what original fabric remains is fair game, third come third served.

But many of the people in City Hall who helped the new homes get built in that pocket 10 years ago are still around. THEY know why that rejuvenation project went through in the first place, why trying to breathe life back into what remained of Bohemian Hill held some priority.
Short memories.
Upturned palm.
Deep pockets.

Anonymous said...

Is there any news from the neighborhood meeting?