Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Eureka Trail

I always find it interesting that a state supposedly broke still has millions of dollars to throw around. Now Eureka is getting a million dollars to finish the trail along the bay.

No. I'm not opposed to "nice" things like this, but I do think it's just another one of those things that might well come back and bite us in the ass later on. Kind of like those nice cement benches the city put in Old Town years ago. They became a magnet for the bums and the city ended up going through the added expense of having them removed.

And so it will likely be with this trail. The area planned for this trail is already the site of homeless encampments. I'm guessing the homeless folks will take full advantage of any facilities built to support the trail and, eventually, those facilities will end up having to be removed.

I don't think that the expected just- under a million dollars for developing this trail will be money well spent.

10 Comments:

At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It does seem odd that the Terminator would choose to scale back health insurance for poor children, but let grant programs for unnecessary "extras" continue.

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Yep. I keep getting surprised at all the various grants I see given out for some rather odd things. This one seems strange if only when you consider the state is having trouble funding the parks it already has.

 
At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Money for this was from bonds that were approved by a voter proposition.

 
At 9:55 AM, Blogger Fred said...

But, of course. Paying interest on the money to boot!

 
At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Eric Kirk said...

An excellent investment since tourism is about all we have left around here next to marijuana.

 
At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am thankful because now we will be able to see the bums in their natural habitat. we can even bring them meth for snacks, or a lightbulb so they can smoke their crack out of something. Maybe we can even see them breed.

 
At 8:48 PM, Blogger Fred said...

An excellent investment since tourism is about all we have left around here next to marijuana..

I just can't imagine this being any sort of attraction, unless we can develop this into a zoo type activity as 3:43 kiddingly suggests.

As an aside, I just don't find the bay all that attractive, especially with the old hulk of a mill directly across from the Del Norte fishing dock.

It might have been a better investment to demolish that thing than make a nice area for the homeless to camp.

 
At 10:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I am in favor of this new trail. Having a paved bikeway would be a huge improvement. As far as all the people saying that this is a homeless area, that may be true. But I don't see why I couldn't role right on thru. I was down at the bikestore the other day and they are selling puncture proof tires, tires that can withstand broken glass, needles or whatever might get tossed onto the bikeway. This is a tremendous improvement and I think the bikeway should go in immediately.

 
At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, the same concerns you mention about the "Eureka Trail" were discussed before the building of the Sacco Amphitheater near the Adorni Center.

As more regular people used that public space, fewer bums hung around there.

 
At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When has the "amphitheater" ever been used? That entire section of town is derelict. They have plopped down huge chunks of government and benefactor money. It still aint that great. Eureka's bayfront future will always be in light industry. We have been trying for decades to sell Eureka as some sort of destination, but the only people buying it are the ones who don't care to work and put a roof over their heads.

 

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