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Whether it's a rural town or a booming metropolis, where we live does a lot to influence our mood. If the roads suck and the public spaces are filthy, a lot of us aren't going to want to leave our houses. (Yes, I know you all have other reasons for staying home; shut up.)

Anyway, I just wonder what you guys think is the worst part of your town or city, and what you wish the community officials would do to fix it. So that's what this thread is about.

For me, I'd want to see all of the old streetlamps replaced with LED streetlamps. I thought it was pretty cool that the state of California went out on all of their major highways and freeways, and replaced every old streetlamp with newer and more efficient ultra-bright LED ones. Caltrans released a sort of vlog thing on Youtube where they said that doing so is saving the state about $2 Million every year. But then it's like I go into my town, and those streetlamps have yet to be replaced because that's under the jurisdiction of the town. So honestly, that's what I'd want to see them fix.
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Easy, the influx of homeless people living here. Most of them look plenty well fed and in reasonable shape so I don't get why they don't get a job as a labourer of some kind. There is plenty of trash laying around, why don't we pay them to pick the stuff up. They get a source of income and as a bonus we can put them up in affordable housing or cheap apartments and hotel rooms as a short term solution till affordable housing is built. I am really sick and tied of them stinking the city up otherwise, not to mention free loading off the food banks and welfare.
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Well, it would be nice if it weren't illegal to not be a Christian here.
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Ranwolf wrote:

Easy, the influx of homeless people living here. Most of them look plenty well fed and in reasonable shape so I don't get why they don't get a job as a labourer of some kind. There is plenty of trash laying around, why don't we pay them to pick the stuff up. They get a source of income and as a bonus we can put them up in affordable housing or cheap apartments and hotel rooms as a short term solution till affordable housing is built. I am really sick and tied of them stinking the city up otherwise, not to mention free loading off the food banks and welfare.


The problem with unskilled labor is that while there is a demand for it, it's certainly not huge and the work would soon be spread too thinly for the participants to earn a considerable difference. If we want something that's more consistent over time, then we have to figure out an effective way to educate or train those individuals in a particular range of skills. There is a place in my town that does it in partnership with America's Job Center and CalJOBs, though I have no idea off the top of my head if it's properly utilized.

I do agree there needs to be better public housing; where I live I know there are subsidized apartments available but I don't know what their criteria are or how many are available. So maybe lack of information is also part of the problem. If the general public doesn't quite know what resources are out there then how can those who don't really have access to a steady stream of information figure it out for themselves?
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The problem with unskilled labor is that while there is a demand for it, it's certainly not huge and the work would soon be spread too thinly for the participants to earn a considerable difference. If we want something that's more consistent over time, then we have to figure out an effective way to educate or train those individuals in a particular range of skills. There is a place in my town that does it in partnership with America's Job Center and CalJOBs, though I have no idea off the top of my head if it's properly utilized.

I do agree there needs to be better public housing; where I live I know there are subsidized apartments available but I don't know what their criteria are or how many are available. So maybe lack of information is also part of the problem. If the general public doesn't quite know what resources are out there then how can those who don't really have access to a steady stream of information figure it out for themselves?


There is always some sort of work to be hard but yeah I see your point. It's just in the army I was always taught to find something to do if I wasn't obeying a direct command from a superior. I never had a problem, then again I filled my schedule to bursting with training. Now that I am a mere reservist instead of an active service member I have had no problem finding work.

I mean is our fault they wasted their formative years?
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There is always some sort of work to be hard but yeah I see your point. It's just in the army I was always taught to find something to do if I wasn't obeying a direct command from a superior. I never had a problem, then again I filled my schedule to bursting with training. Now that I am a mere reservist instead of an active service member I have had no problem finding work.


I would say that's something of an environmentally oriented skill. The longer you're in the same setting, the more you notice the way business is conducted and the easier it is to observe where the process can be improved or modified. You might notice, for example, that a piece of technology is not being used efficiently because of how it's set up, so you'll change the setup and show your colleagues/coworkers how the new setup works. Or like in your case, you'll familiarize yourself with a skill that's constantly needed, so that if someone is absent you can step in for them.

Following that train of thought, do the homeless in your community know enough about the community in order to reach out and find where they fit? Value and self-worth are definitely correlated with the notion of "This much I can do." But the other half of that equation is:


I mean is our fault they wasted their formative years?


And of course it isn't our fault as we're not responsible for the actions of an individual. "You can lead a horse to water," it is said, "but you cannot make them drink." Meaning that even if we do everything in our power to advertise these opportunities, training programs and temp worksites, there will be people too afraid to make use full use of them. I may be totally wrong about this, but I feel many of the people who end up on welfare are the ones who have completely abandoned any hope of growing as individuals.
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Ranwolf wrote:

There is always some sort of work to be hard but yeah I see your point. It's just in the army I was always taught to find something to do if I wasn't obeying a direct command from a superior. I never had a problem, then again I filled my schedule to bursting with training. Now that I am a mere reservist instead of an active service member I have had no problem finding work.


I would say that's something of an environmentally oriented skill. The longer you're in the same setting, the more you notice the way business is conducted and the easier it is to observe where the process can be improved or modified. You might notice, for example, that a piece of technology is not being used efficiently because of how it's set up, so you'll change the setup and show your colleagues/coworkers how the new setup works. Or like in your case, you'll familiarize yourself with a skill that's constantly needed, so that if someone is absent you can step in for them.

Following that train of thought, do the homeless in your community know enough about the community in order to reach out and find where they fit? Value and self-worth are definitely correlated with the notion of "This much I can do." But the other half of that equation is:


I mean is our fault they wasted their formative years?


And of course it isn't our fault as we're not responsible for the actions of an individual. "You can lead a horse to water," it is said, "but you cannot make them drink." Meaning that even if we do everything in our power to advertise these opportunities, training programs and temp worksites, there will be people too afraid to make use full use of them. I may be totally wrong about this, but I feel many of the people who end up on welfare are the ones who have completely abandoned any hope of growing as individuals.


Well I can't argue with any of that.

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To wipe out the yob culture that is killing off the highstreet.
Posted 11/26/15
Everything about this places. Homes, business, the people here. Just everything.
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I'd hope to see our town council fix the town council. They've been caught in so many shenanigans it's just not funny anymore. People in town say that they're nice people so they don't want to vote them out. These "nice people" have been caught with their hands in the till, fixing town votes, not sending out announcements about upcoming town votes etc.
Posted 11/26/15
1. In May, stop spraying the whole town down in liquid shit. The whole town smells like diarrhea just so that your flowers will spring two weeks sooner than expected.

2. Have you ever heard of underground distribution lines? This place looks like an army of robots exploded and their intestinal networking got spread all over town. What do you think this is, anyway, the 1980's?

3. No government dental facilities? What the... All private? And they're all too busy for new clients? IN THE WHOLE COUNTY?!

4. How about a grocery shop that's open 24/7? Not even a gas station? Not everyone is awake at "the right" time of day, you know.
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Posted 11/26/15
i'd like to see them get their head out of their ass when it comes to public transit. It's pretty bad for the capital of the province. There is no Sunday bus service, and the bus is infrequent, mostly an hour between buses, every half hour around supper and noon times.
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We need more street lights
Posted 11/26/15
So many blood hoodies on the street with their skateboards.
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