A Neighborhood Improvement District is the only way South Siders can keep and expand the services we need to have a safe, clean and livable community. I urge my neighbors to support creation of the South Side Neighborhood Improvement District.
My family and I have lived in South Side for more than 40 years. We know the problems well. We also know the city is strapped and isn't going to do more. Besides, we want community people to be able to take more control, which a Neighborhood Improvement District will make possible.
While I don't like the idea of paying extra, the benefits will outweigh the cost. I like that qualifying seniors will pay nothing, and still get the benefits. I believe most other South Siders can afford the $10-12 a month they would pay. And that small amount would get us a lot: More security; Daily cleaning of East Carson Street; Regular cleaning of other streets; Real focus on parking problems; and, Improvements to our parks and other public spaces.
And if we decide in five years it hasn't worked, we can decide to quit. I say it's worth giving a Neighborhood Improvement District a try.
(Mr. Stoddard is a member of the South Side Improvement District Steering Committee)