Street Talk: What would you like to see improve in Racine?

2013-07-22T06:20:00Z 2013-12-11T07:57:20Z Street Talk: What would you like to see improve in Racine?Journal Times staff Journal Times
July 22, 2013 6:20 am  • 

RACINE — The Journal Times asked Racine residents what they’d like to see the city improve on. With summer well under way, most people said they hope to see a wider variety of recreational activities offered.

Dylan Vytlacil, 25, student:

“I’d like to see more live music down at the beach. It would bring in more people and it would be a lot of fun.”

Dominique Barrios, 18, sales associate at Michaels:

“There’s not enough for the kids to do. Maybe if there were more parks or programs or day cares in the area it would be better.”

Jessica Dyess, 35, Gateway employee:

“Our ballparks need to be maintained a little better. My son plays baseball and the fields just aren’t really kept up. Other fields are so much nicer and we could really use that here.”

Juan Contreras, 22, concrete worker:

“Over in Japan they have playgrounds for adults. They have different kinds of equipment just to go out and get physical. I think that would be cool.”

Alisa Danzer, 20, intern at SC Johnson

“More public pools would be nice. It would give kids something to do on really hot days like this.”

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  1. actualfacts
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    actualfacts - July 29, 2013 2:09 am
    All local and state governments borrow money. That is a tactic to help keep taxes down otherwise the government would have to raise taxes to pay for it in full. That way they can spread the payments over the course of a few years.

    If you want to eat at the big boys table, please know what you are talking about, and we have one of the best governors in this country. To say you want a new governor you are saying you are full of s---.
  2. jazzfan
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    jazzfan - July 27, 2013 11:37 pm
    Increasing access to better paying jobs in more specialized fields is a start. Also, empowering homeowners and apartment landlords to take better care of their properties can go a long way in simply making people feel safer when driving around the city. As far as the comment made earlier about getting rid of residents, that is absurd. The people are OK, but so many citizens are to close minded. We need to work together to improve our neighborhood s and end this viscous cycle of violence in our city. Simply blaming it on poverty, unemployment, and class polarity no longer works.
  3. cohojungle
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    cohojungle - July 23, 2013 2:14 am
    Annex all the land from KR to the Milwaukee county line and from the lake to the freeway...bye bye Caledimwitt,Mount Pheasant,and Turdevent!!!!
  4. speaking frankly
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    speaking frankly - July 22, 2013 9:18 pm
    How come students always want "Music down on the beach"? Flash back to Annette & Frankie at Beach Party Bingo
  5. speaking frankly
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    speaking frankly - July 22, 2013 9:14 pm
    "Maybe if there were more parks or programs or day cares in the area it would be better.”

    Has anyone seen how many little mom & pop daycares this town has? Just drive down Douglas Avenue, or look at all the cargo vans hauling kids with the day care name on the side of it. I know moms and dads have to work and need Day Cares, but some of these kids are in day care and no one is working. They get free transporation to and from. And what kind of services are the Day Cares actually providing? Reading, Coloring, Crafts, or is it just a non-stop diaper changing and feeding program?
  6. laurie
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    laurie - July 22, 2013 8:30 pm
    Mayor Dickert does not live in NorthBay, he lives in Greater NorthBay which is in the City of Racine.
  7. No Comment
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    No Comment - July 22, 2013 7:34 pm
    Racine needs more office or industrial companies to to be based or sub based here. Not more retail stores that provide only low paying jobs like Walmart that cater to low income people, which bring in more low income people because of the affordability to live here.

    Bring in these office or industrial companies that offer better paying jobs, increase tax base, reduce the the number of low income residents which attract retail businesses that offer higher paying starting jobs and cater to customers that are above low income level. Unfortunately it's a very complex process and much easier said than done.

    Racine as well as surrounding communities lost many good companies that moved else where. If SC Johnson were to move out Racine, the city is done.

  8. I Come In Peace
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    I Come In Peace - July 22, 2013 7:27 pm
    This is why he want's to borrow 2 Billion. Now that's fiscally sound?? lol
  9. I Come In Peace
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    I Come In Peace - July 22, 2013 7:27 pm
    @Blindman - let me drop some knowledge. There are two types of pictures, big and small. You bought the small one. Return it and improve your life. Go buy a big one. After you do that we can talk. But until then you're not eating at the grown ups table.
  10. Blindman
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    Blindman - July 22, 2013 6:34 pm
    I come in peace...What kind of idiotic comment is that?..They said RACINE , not WI...Dufus
  11. phoner2
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    phoner2 - July 22, 2013 6:31 pm
    I think the local paper should give the 5 complainers a soap box to stand on, complainers gotta complain!
  12. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - July 22, 2013 6:04 pm
    Dominique Barrios, 18, sales associate at Michaels:

    “There’s not enough for the kids to do. Maybe if there were more parks or programs or day cares in the area it would be better.”

    The "kids " going to John Dickert's and his Elitist Wife's NorthBay Neighborhood and protesting his taxation policy, his wife's failure to properly educate children, racist policies in the City, and Dickert living large at the expense of Racine's poor.

    Let the Bloods, Crips, Satan's Disciples and Gangster Disciples visit the neighborhood (North Bay) of their OPPRESSORS! Let's see who runs a better MAFIA and can exercise their firepower and vlolence.
  13. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - July 22, 2013 5:46 pm
    An investigation as to whether or not property tax receipts are being FALSIFIED.

    Why Mary Osterman is being given a "Pass" on 409 Main St. by Jim Ladwig.

    IF Jim Ladwig will accept partial payments and cancel total outstanding debt on property tax bills - SO it can be applied fairly to all.

    Why Monte Osterman can obtain more than $15,000 worth in contracts from the City of Racine WHILE an elected County Supervisor.

    The expense report for the Mayor's trip to France and who accompanied him.
  14. Django
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    Django - July 22, 2013 5:35 pm
    The best way to improve Racine is to remove the filth from City Hall. As long as liars and conmen run the city, it will just get worse and worse.
  15. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - July 22, 2013 5:23 pm
    Immediate end to all defined pension plans.

    Transfer of all government workers to ObamaCare.

    Ending of public employee unions.

    End of the "Strong Mayor" system of goverance.

    Elimination of the Mayor position.

    Hiring of a fiscally competent City Manager.

    Recouping of John Dickert's personal legal expenses.

    Reduction of property taxes by 50%.

    Elimination of Gateway and it's unelected board with it's taxing authority.

    Trail of Herr Laing for patently offensive statements.

    Elimination of public education, RUSD, Davis Hazen, and taxing authority for "public education".

    I'd call that a GOOD START.

  16. I Come In Peace
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    I Come In Peace - July 22, 2013 4:46 pm
    A new governor would help.
  17. key
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    key - July 22, 2013 3:26 pm
    The city needs to treat all buisness fairly the police and the city aldermen need to work with minority buisness clubs,resturant etc.Instead it seems they wanted WHITE ONLYS
  18. phoner2
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    phoner2 - July 22, 2013 1:39 pm
    expanding the metra to Racine would be nice.
  19. playtowin
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    playtowin - July 22, 2013 12:51 pm
    I feel sorry for the tree that gave its life for this article. (Yah I know its probably recycled paper)
  20. Green Racinereal
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    Green Racinereal - July 22, 2013 10:02 am
    I know! An auto-da-fé of Mayor John Dickert for allowing a cult about him to start and how he runs the City. Helding could be added for Heresy and Kaplin for witchcraft.
    A few good burnings at the Stake be a fun thing for the City,
    Have it at North Beach.
    Who expect the Spanish Inquisition?
  21. City Hall Monitor
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    City Hall Monitor - July 22, 2013 8:51 am
    Here is a short list of just a few issues that should be addressed:
    - Bid rigging, discrimination and unfair business practices
    - Unfair property taxes and assessments (and resulting lawsuits)
    - Removing streetlights (still going through despite all the opposition)
    - Cutting bus schedules and services to an absolute minimum
    - Increased recycling and service fees (still going up despite promising it would not)
    - Unnecessary cuts to essential services like Police & Fire (despite all the opposition)
    - Porters $1.2 Million Giveaway (nothing to show for it)
    - Delta Hawk Giveaway (nothing to show for it)
    - CAR25 Giveaway and increased spending (see bid rigging)
    - Uptown demolition and wasteful spending (see bid rigging)
    - Unnecessary City Hall Bathrooms & Renovation (paying friends)
    - Excessive Zoo subsidies while still increasing fees (paying more friends)
    - Unnecessary City Hall roundabout (paying friends yet again)
    - Excessive charges to residents for streets, sidewalks, and landscaping
    - Failing school system (and failing school board)
    - Unnecessary cuts to public transportation (where are bus ad revenues going?)
    - Mass exodus of residents and businesses (with outdated population signs)
    - Elitism and special rules to favor Aldermen (including guns in Council Chambers)
    - Censorship, slander and libel against community members
    - Begging local churches and nonprofits to donate money to the city
    - Excessive cronyism, favoritism, and back room deals
    - No real plan for recovery (see bond rating downgrade)
    - Hiring consultants for jobs that should be done by staff
    - Incompetent City Administrator and Finance Director
    - Pushed through union contracts (plus legal fees) without waiting for Act 10
    - Lost potential contracts for water service due to arrogance
    - Unnecessary hurdles for local businesses
    - Violation of open meeting laws
    - Violation of city ordinances and state statutes
    - Complete lack of ethics, even by the Ethics Board itself
    - Overpaid positions and benefits for City Staff, Mayor & Aldermen
    - Continuous and excessive debt service (over 25 cents of every dollar)
    - Excessive tax rates to deter any new residents and businesses
    - No new development (besides liquor stores and discount shops)
    - Massive amounts of foreclosures and pending foreclosures
    - Free fall of home and property values toward ZERO for those that remain
    - Rampant corruption and disregard for the community
    - Lies

    Vote for your favorites (or add to the list)!
  22. layedback
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    layedback - July 22, 2013 8:21 am
    There is not enough space to list everything...basically Racine needs new residents and a fresh start.
  23. PrimeTime69
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    PrimeTime69 - July 22, 2013 7:38 am
    Crime, Taxes, Schools, Street Conditions, and competent public officials. Also, recouping the money the mayor owes the residents of Racine for suing the city.
  24. phoner2
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    phoner2 - July 22, 2013 7:38 am
    There is already live music every weekend at the oasis, almost every weekend at johns dock, The zoo concert, how much music do you need?
  25. Menasha
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    Menasha - July 22, 2013 7:01 am
    I've been reading talk about removing street lights in Racine, I really think there should be more on South Green Bay Road, going toward Milwaukee. It's dimly lit, and if you're traveling early morning, u can't see a thing.
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