Thursday, November 22, 2018

Throwback Thursday

Here is a blast from the past.  JJ posted this video five years ago. WAPT was cleaning out the vault and came across this old color video of Jackson.  WAPT provided it to Downtown Jackson Partners, who posted it on Youtube. Really interesting stuff.





 It must be pointed out that while the film shows progress a'plenty, there was a large segment of the population that was kept out as segregation was in full force at the time.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's pretty amazing, but Jackson was well on it's way to develop like Atlanta, Birmingham, Dallas, and the rest, BUT years later the leadership would decide that Jackson would never join the "new South" if it meant abandoning it's most cherished institution. It didn't and Jackson got left behind. Eventually the money abandoned the city and we now have socialists trying to spread the misery. Jackson came close, but missed out.

Anonymous said...

Oh, the same of it all! We missed the joy of being a slum stretching from Meridian to Vicksburg.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Kingfish.

I really enjoyed watching that.

Anonymous said...

A must watch for those who don't remember how great Jackson once was and the potential we had to continue to grow and be a major southern city. Now we are nothing more than than largest slum in the south. Little Detroit would be a more fitting for Jackson these days. Hopefully we will turn the corner one day soon because if we don't all will be lost forever. A city cannot survive when it has more residents on welfare than are working.

Anonymous said...

8:19 Sorry, but I do remember and Jackson did have great potential but was never great. No city was great when it did everything for half its citizens and nothing more than cheat and terrorize the other half. Bad choices lead
to bad results. A good reminder.


P.S. You might be surprised to know how many in Jackson are working AND are on welfare.

Anonymous said...

Great historical video of Jackson! The main purpose of this video was to inform current occupants (non-property owners) of Jackson that back in the day...

1) The city invested in public infrastructure such as roads, sidewalks, curbs, and so forth. Today, investing in infrastructure is like pulling teeth and is a rare occurrence, except during an election year. You can't get ad valorem taxes from residents whom do not own the land or house they live in. Please, don't give us that crap about your landlord paying property taxes on your behalf. Do you not realize the number of rental properties including apartment buildings in Jackson that were sold via tax sale due to landlords collecting rent money from tenants but not paying property taxes to Hinds Co? Ask those evicted tenants.

2) The city invested in public safety and security. Today, the city is crime ridden and a significant number of the police force is on the payroll of the criminals, allegedly. Riding clean around Jacktown is not doing your job.

3) Residential home builders voluntarily constructed houses in the center of town for the city's upper class and upper middle class residents. Today, with the assistance of low-income tax credits and other forms of tax payers dollars, builders/developers disproportionately build low income rental housing downtown and the city center. It's not worth risking or wasting private dollars for said projects. The city center is concentrated with poor and low income residents as well as brownfield land, ghettos, slums, you name it. Don't even think about building houses for families with household incomes at $70,000 and above or for white collared workers in the city center. The locals will surely scream gentrification and fight any housing and commercial project proposed. Thus, the cycle of poverty and disinvestment continue.

4) The city had a pretty nice library and bustling downtown commercial district. Today, no words. Please get rid of DJP! The organization is part of the problem, not the solution for the taxpayers of Jackson. Jackson needs billions of private money and investments in order to get back on its feet. Government/public money alone will not save Jackson.

5) The attendants at the zoo were having a good time and behaving themselves. The animals seemed healthy and active. No feral dogs in sight. Today, the zoo is a disinvested wasteland and so is the area surrounding the zoo. Faith without works is dead. If you, the citizens, do not invest in yourself or Jackson, do not expect Jackson to invest in you. Stop being reactive and become proactive about investing.

6) Employment-Yes to the days when black men worked their butts off by any means necessary to provide a good living and food for their wives and children. Today, single parent households, baby mama, absentee fathers, gangs, thug life, poverty, drugs, mental health issues, inferiority complex, welfare dependence, victim hood, antisocial behavior, self hatred, etc. Thanks New Deal, and I'm not talking about the grocery store. On another note,let's give a clap to The Great Society, it definitely eliminated poverty and racial injustice in Jackson. Give me a break, a tax break and a Kit Kat!

7)Public Education in 2018 Jackson- Let's not go there. Some Americans are content with attending a rated F school district and being at the bottom of the economic and social ladder. Don't blame your zip code or the educated capitalist who owns the business in your neighborhood for your inability to compete in a capitalistic society. Don't talk about saving JPS, be about it!

8)Public Transportation in 2018 Jackson- Thank God for Uber and Lyft!


The City's current condition is a result of the dysfunctional mental condition (mindset and attitude) of the people of Jackson.

Anonymous said...

1:18 am

You need to take some medicine man.

If things are so bad in your world that you have to type that during Thanksgiving....we’ll go ahead and shoot yourself.

Anonymous said...

@ 10:21 AM I posted this while standing in line waiting for Target to open to do my Black Friday shopping.

Anonymous said...

Pretty sad that Jackson looked more like a city 80 years ago than it does today.

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