What does Malden need more of?

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    Missed you too Andy!

    As for my 'hopes and dreams' for your son - please know that I wouldn't wish that on my worse enemy. I sincerly hope that you don't have any issues that bring your family into the lions den (or Kinnon's den) but being the fighter that you are, it's only a matter of time. Don't worry, I'm not an "I told you so" kind of friend.

    No nasty comments on the newest blog post? You surprise me...

     
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    So, we broke down and went "downtown" in Malden on Saturday night for a couple of hours of adult time. Hit District 7 and ran into an old acquaintance who never struck me as being overly civically cognizant - and even she said that Malden needs a total change of guard because the current council and administration is killing the city.

    Coming from her, that was a powerful statement indeed.

    Then, we both sighed wistfully as we looked down the street at All Seasons modern sign, looking so incredibly out of place among the junk surrounding it. And we agreed that more restaurants like THAT would make the area a more likely destination for both of us.

    Someday...
     
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    what did you think of dist. 7 hg? not a bad place huh?
     
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    Not bad at all. Bartenders were a little inattentive - too concerned with flirting with each other and not enough with customer service. But the menu was good, the prices were decent and the ambience was great. :)
     
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    I've read some great ideas on this post but nothing will work until we get rid of the rif-raf that is coming into the city. Let's start by taxes the slumlords for thier bad choice in tennants.  Nothing i can't stand more is seeing renters who are most likely on a section 8 voucher disrespecting the property and the neighborhood. 

    I spent money this weekend in malden square, and it's sad when you walk from All Season's to The District 7, all these low life crappy stores selling junk.  how on earth are they staying in business?  who is shopping there?  i think they have to be fronts for criminal activity.  Does anyone know how much these establishments pay in rent?  and how long they signed a lease for? 
     
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    hawthorne3: Actually, nothing will work until we get rid of the riff-raff in city hall. As my acquaintance and I were saying, bring the business because that's your real tax base. That, in turn, will bring people and a different set of people who want to live close to a thriving, hip, area. THAT set of people is the set with the money. They drive the value of living somewhere up which drives rent up, which drives thuglife elsewhere.

    Don't believe me? Look at Somerville: Davis, Union, Porter Squares. At one time not long ago, they looked a lot like Malden. Now? They're gems of the city and featured in Boston area nightlife/dining guides. You can't afford to live there and once manky multi-family homes and triple deckers have been scooped and re-habbed and sold as condos to the yuppie set.
     
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    Hellgirl, I agree with you totally, I use to live in those city's many years ago and my parents moved us out because of how bad cambridge and somerville were getting, god I wish we still had our triple decker!  But in the past 10-15yrs, when Somerville and Cambridge and even parts of boston that use to be dumps are now these great "hip" places to live and shop and eat and we ended up with the thugs that left there to come here.  We need to push these people out like somerville and cambridge did.  How do we do that?    
     
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    HellGirl-----I grew up In Somerville and watch two Mayors destroy a

    city than we put in three Mayors starting with Gene Brune, Congress

    man Michael Capuano, Joseph Curtatone which turned the Squares

    arround and made the residents part of the solution. When a New

    Mayor Gets Elected his first duty is to ask for all non-paying appointments be rescinded than start  a reevaluation of Departments Heads from all divisions this should take place once the election is
    over so when the new Mayor takes his oath he will have his people
    in place. Than tell the Malden Redevelopment Authority to hire part
    time grant writers to apply every grant allowable, than hire a Public
    Relations specialist to go out and sell Malden.
    That would start to turn this city arround.
    Appointments recinded-----Police commissioner, Harbor Master,
    Malden employment Monitoring Committee, etc;
    ( High School is just about done) 
    Put together committes with councilors ans citizens working
    together on committees, set deadlines on committee goal do not let
    solutions linger; These are just a few;

     
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    hawthorne3: I really think that the crux is getting the business in. In Davis especially, when businesses started attracting the Tufts Students, it slowly became The Place to Be. As that happened, the city exploited it and used it to raise business tax but not enough to scare them off.

    That money went back to the city, but as Davis changed into this sort of trendy new place to go, rents went creeping up. Yuppies, artists, students all clamored to live where the action was - and could afford the increase.

    The rabble, on the other hand, could not. And it became less lucrative for landlords to WANT to rent to Section 8. After all, why risk that tenant when you have a professional couple who make scads of money and will care about your place? Or, when you have clueless students whose parents are conscientious about paying their bills on time? You don't have to worry about complying with the ridiculous Section 8 inspection codes just to guarantee your rent anymore!

    Most landlords who take vouchers do so because it's guaranteed they'll get their rent. Usually, landlords in cities like Malden or Lynn prefer it because the overall income base is low to begin with, and someone not on Section 8 may not be able make the payments in the end.

    But that's how Camberville did it. They became destinations FIRST, and the desire to live where the action is followed - which naturally meant more money flowing in to the area for improvements. You have to make your place desireable to be and make it so that people want to live there. The rabble will move on after that.

    That's the long answer. The short answer: Both cities got rid of rent control, prices skyrocketed to match the area for a change, the rabble couldn't afford it and Section 8 wouldn't pay anyway, so they left and came to cities like Malden which are still dirt cheap comparatively.

    Then again, the average income in MA is 89K. Malden's average per capita income is 45K. Sooo...yeah. Build it. Market it. The home/renter's market follows.
     
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    Driver54: I wholeheartedly agree. But it's going to be hard to market Malden until we open up the downtown area to be accessible and immediately visible when you get off the T.

    That's where Davis has the clincher: No matter which exit you come out of, there's something immediately be seen/attracted to doing. Something to draw you in. Right now, we don't have that in Malden.
     
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    you mean the six story brick wall, i mean building isn't inviting? it could not be set up any worse......
     
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    Well, you know babe, every time I get off the T there, I look at the wall and wonder where the guard towers are and feel bad for the prisoners inside...then I remember...I am one of them. :(
     
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    fighting to get in or out? that's the question....:)
     
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    Hellgirl, I think your on to something.  Let's hope that Gary and Deb's teams are reading this and use your suggestions.
     
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    Pfft. That shouldn't even BE a question. :P
     
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          :P
     
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    Malden Square Does need to be opened up. No one knows whats behind that wall.
     
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    hawthorne3: Thanks. :) I hope someone who can do something sees the basic logic in it - and that someone, whoever they are, can take the logic and make it happen. Because even though I can see it, I would have no clue how to make it reality. I just know it can be done, has been done, and should be done here. ;)
     
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    Hellgirl---Malden needs to be advertised with the a Professional
    Public Relations Person not Malden Redevelopment Authority, this person would be responsible for bring big business and Modern Technology into the center of Malden. Make it a center where people
    want to come and shop and spend time ---make it accessible for
    everyone. Look we have a chance but we have to change how the
    new administration thinks include the citizens on what they have on
    how to improve it, do not leave up to 11 C0ouncilors.
     
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    An Orange Julius store,  I miss those.. soo Orangy and so creamy.. how did they do that
     
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    One dollar adult book store.. if you cant beat em... join em
     
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    i just thought about it, Everett seems to be monolpizing the Send Money to Brazil exchanges, we are sadly lacking in them.  We concentrated to much on Dollar Stores, Nail Salons and crappy Dockside Restaurants (which Malden needed another one Like Osama Bin Laden needed a hole in the head).

    We need to rise to the comepetition or we wil be left out of the money trove and incredible wealth they can add to our already bustling Bargain retail empire
     
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    an identity,,,malden needs that badly...
     
  24. You have chosen to ignore posts from hellgirl. Show hellgirl's posts

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    We have one, goin'. That's the problem right now.
     
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    agreed, but not a good one....we need our leaders all on the same page, with a single vision....something, anything..enough self serving and posturing.....
     
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