Monday, April 1, 2019

The Queens Pays a Visit to City Hall


The Queens has had enough and don't mind saying so to City Hall.  Leaders of the Queens subdivision  paid a visit to Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and the City Council on March 19.  Neighborhood leaders such as Doris Devine made it clear they were fed up with the lack of progress in fixing Jackson's problems.  She even complained about a city worker asleep on the job.




Queens Terrace neighborhood President Michael Starks called out the Code Enforcement division.  "I'm tired of them putting stickers on vehicles, knowing they don't run, knowing they haven't run in six to ten years.  It's time to move them out, Mr. Mayor," said Mr. Starks.  He complained about a lack of response from the Public Works Department when he complains about a ditch flooding the neighborhood.  He said "We're behind you, Mr. Mayor, but it's time to do something."

Other neighbors complained about the city's failure to raze burned out houses, clean ditches, and repair the crumbling roads in Queens.   Mayor Lumumba said (22:00) their community has "been neglected" as have others in Jackson and promised to make improvements to the neighborhood.

Mr. Starks and his neighbors have been standing up for their neighborhood for quite some time.  Queens Terrace is off of Clinton Boulevard by Flag Chapel Road in West Jackson.  WLBT reported in 2011:

Residents of a West Jackson community are fed up with the continual deterioration of their neighborhood. They called a host of city and county officials to the Triumph Village Church on Queen Mary Lane to see first hand the blight folks who live in the Queens-Magnolia Terrace community face each day.

Frustrated with inaction on the part of officials, they also called 3 On Your Side to help them take back their neighborhood.

Johnny Gilmore says he is a taxpaying citizen of Jackson who does his part to keep his property up to standard, but he says the value is rapidly going down because of blight like this abandoned, burned out, overgrown house next door.

Gilmore says, "Politicians are aware of it, they've been out here, they've seen it. We've taken to various houses that you've seen today."

On Monday evening, Gilmore and other members of the Queens/Magnolia Terrace Neighborhood Association took those politicians to task and challenged them to fulfill campaign promises and do something about the problem.

Michael Starks told the crowd,"But I want them to know we're taking a stand. We want to live just like they do in north Jackson."

Ward 4 Jackson City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba said, "I just wanna say I appreciate the kind of turnout that brother Starks was able to get at this meeting."

Michael Starks is president of the Queens/Magnolia Terrace Neighborhood Association.

He said, "If you own property on the Queens/Magnolia Terrace, you're on call. We want you to know, you're on notice, that we will be coming, sending you a letter, writing you a letter, knocking on your door and make sure that you clean your property up, bring up to standard just like everyone else in the neighborhood."...

Kingfish note: Make no mistake, this was the Mayor's base telling him to make things happen.... or else.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Being Mayor is a losing battle, no matter how hard they try. It would take a Green Beret/Fortune 500 CEO to even make the smallest difference.

Cynical Sam said...

City employee sleeping on the job? It would be newsworthy to report sighting a city employee NOT sleeping on the job.

Anonymous said...

Devine: "We recognize its not you. But you are over these people. ... The problem with the city is not with you all but the ones that are working for you are not be made accountable for the work that they are doing."

Mayor Antar Gumflap is tone deaf. His peoples have figured out that his vintage dignity kool-aid tastes like crap.

Anonymous said...

Not defending the ideologue Lumumba but those DPW workers who have to respond to water leaks all-day and all-night long, week-in and week-out, month-in and month-out. Well, I can understand why they would be tired. The longer Jackson waits to declare bankruptcy the longer the misery will continue and the worse it will get. The turnaround taking shape in Detroit resulted from the changes bankruptcy forced upon that city.

Anonymous said...

I have a hard time listening to someone who after each statement (not question) says "Right?" If you want to know if the person agrees with you then ask a question.

Anonymous said...

You got what you voted for; now live with it.

Anonymous said...

Queens Terrace, first time I’ve heard it referred to as that. Sounds nice. I thought the rappers called it Killer Queens.

Anonymous said...

@8:11

It's especially hard to find a good mayor in a climate where being black and radical are the initial (and most important) requirements. Don't know many successful CEO's with those "qualities" in their resumes. LOL

Louis LeFleur said...

Queens Terrace is a misnomer. The neighborhood is actually called Queens - Magnolia Terrace. The east side of the neighborhood has several streets named after various queens, the west side's main drag is Magnolia Road. Personally, I've never heard the neighborhood referred to as anything but The Queens.

Anonymous said...

My dad's best friend grew up in the Queens back in the 60's. Went to Provine. Different world back then!

Axing for a friend said...

Just curious what the entire tax revenue is the the entire Queens neighborhood

Anonymous said...

. . the queens / magnolia terrace are 2 totally seperate 'hoods' . . if referred to together (( should be )) seperated in print by / . .as is magnolia terrace / key-stones / 'hood' . . the new-isssh 'hood' that was built on the now demolished council 6 school . . & also i have seen the press call presidential hills . . north-west jackson . . NO joke !! !!

Anonymous said...

Presidential Hills is which direction from downtown? I always thought it was north west. Its definitely north of west jackson. Should you call it North Jackson West? Ridgeland is North Jackson North. What are you getting at?

Good for the Queens to stand up for themselves.

Anonymous said...

11:02 - Can you backspace and try again?

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