meless rate is increasing, crime continues to climb and unemployment is reaching double digits. I have traveled to countries in Africa, Central America, the Caribbean Islands and South America. Yet, there are many Albany eastside neighborhoods that remind me of these third-world nations.
Albany is 66.1 percent African American with 52 percent (11 out of 21) of the elected officials being African American. Somewhere there is a big disconnect. There seems to be a lack of serious dialogue among the elected officials and their constituents. The “media barrier” is given quite frequently by elected officials.
The per-capita income is between $18,000 and $23,000 with the bottom 20 percent bringing in $7,500 and $8,500. What kind of “Good Life” can you give a child on a poverty income? The Chamber of Commerce intends to implement a strategy called Move the Mountains to easy, not eliminate, poverty. Hopefully, they will collaborate with various community organizations and governmental agencies to defeat the treacherous condition. The picture of Albany is exceedingly bleak.
There is Biblical scripture: If there is no hope and no vision the City will ultimately perish. Maybe this is what government consolidation is about?
Just a thought.
Written by Leon Modeste.