Tuesday, March 18, 2008


I have been putting off writing this article for a while. It was both encouraging and upsetting to read the Tribune article about Carl Malysz going to the Building Commission meeting and telling them that it is time to clean up New Albany.

It is encouraging that this Administration has taken notice of our dirty city and wants to do some thing about it. Mr. Malysz and Mr. LaDuke are to be commended for taking the lead to get people to do something about unsafe houses. If the owners don't take care of their own property this city will do so and send them the bill. Great idea.

The upsetting part is that only certain areas are to be addressed in the near future. Mr. Malysz visited the S.Ellen Jones Neighborhood association and plans to use that neighborhood as a sort of pilot program.

As a west end resident I can't help but feel left out. Sort of like Cinderella without the fairy godmother. I know what you are thinking: get off your duff and do something about it. That is the exact thought that has been running through my head since I read the article. I have been waiting for someone the start a West End Neighborhood Association so I can become a member but it looks like that is not going to happen. We west end residents are going to have to unite and form our own neighborhood association if we want the administration to notice us.