Your phrases: Wausau metropolis council ought to rethink priorities

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Mr. Editor,

I’ve seen many proposals for the downtown space and the Riverlife space and all of them embrace flats, parking and even workplaces. Additionally they use a really giant portion of taxpayer {dollars}. I see a really large drawback with this. We’re constructing a lot of flats which are skyrocketing our rental costs and workplace area that won’t be crammed because of the pandemic and other people discovering out that it’s higher to work at home (extra worthwhile actually).

In the meantime, there are individuals who relied on jobs downtown (like within the mall) as a result of our bus transportation is so restricted that nobody can go anyplace to get to interviews or conferences. jobs that may truly pay wage to pay for the steadily rising. rental. Particularly since a lot of these jobs have taken off at Rib Mountain.

Every little thing strikes to Rib Mountain or Weston and leaves nothing in what was as soon as a bustling downtown space besides bars, workplaces and minimal wage work and it is a marvel all of it appears to collapse and turn into much less enticing to those that dwell right here not to mention vacationers. . Taxi and Uber are ridiculously costly for some to take each day!

After I moved to Wausau seven years in the past, Wausau was stunning and there was loads of enjoyable issues to do. Plus, the typical hire was solely $ 600-700. Now it is $ 1200! If you need a very cool place that accepts any sort of animal (good luck when you have canines over 35 kilos), it’s important to pay at the least $ 1,000, an virtually inconceivable worth for a single minimal wage job. Most downtown residents usually are not individuals who can afford these worth hikes as you progress extra jobs downtown or flip them into skilled jobs. It’s as if the council is attempting to drive out those that it thinks should not be residing right here and try to draw a extra “sympathetic” crowd.

Perhaps as an alternative of punishing the individuals who dwell right here, we should always look higher at among the “businessmen” who’re free to do no matter they need right here. We’re overwhelmed with slum lords benefiting from these you push again (I can identify at the least two that ought to have been blacklisted however weren’t) because of excessive hire costs and strict calls for or firms which were caught polluting our stunning metropolis. Homeless individuals who freeze on the streets and cross city screaming incoherently are merely left to take action as an alternative of being helped by professionals. After all, we’ve two locations they will keep in a single day, however they should not be crammed EVERY NIGHT.

It’s an inhuman drawback. We’re too busy specializing in the wonder facet of Wausau and never the human half. We must always NOT use taxpayer cash and give attention to NEW companies and flats. We must always give attention to present small companies that may very well be a vacationer hotspot, assist those who exist already within the metropolis, and crack down on those that use the brand new modifications for his or her horrific advantages. We must always enhance buildings, fund the filling of empty buildings that we had been so excited to create (perhaps make them low-income and even free psychological well being amenities), add extra companies that may rent extra than simply costumes.

If we make our metropolis extra enticing to vacationers and potential locals, extra companies will wish to come right here, which in flip will entice extra individuals to come back right here and subsequently extra money. It is sensible. There is no such thing as a level in having flats to fill if nobody can afford them. I really feel like they’re simply drawing individuals who will not spend cash in our native shops, plus the fantastic thing about our metropolis (the river and the parks) must be seen, not hidden behind 4-storey buildings and flats. make parts of our stunning land “personal”.


Amber Johnson, Wausau

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