As we wait for TDOT's final decision, I will bid you adeiu. Reading this brings out anger in me and I am going to avoid that. There is a time for everything under the sun and the future is approaching.
Landlord, she took your picture because you were walking around banging a drum as you are wont to do. And to drive by and scream at this 60's year old woman recuperating from surgery was a mean thing to do.
I would start looking for a new place. It won't ever be the same for Earth Matters on this property. Your free subletting is over. It was a good ride for the 10 years that it lasted. Where was Earth Matters before it moved here 10 years ago? Mr. Herring is VERY resourceful, I'm sure that he will be able to find another place donated to him.
Regarding how much this cost, TDOT has said that Mr. Herring may receive a bill for $10,000 for clean up. Maybe he should have followed the directives sent to him by Metro Codes and by the State (the owners of the property bought from citizens for I-440.). If I occupied a house that I did not own rent free, and the neighbors complained about the state of the property, and I had close to 2 months to clean it up, and then I refused to sign a contract saying that it would be done.....and then all of my stuff was thrown out of the property...Well, I deserved it.
It is the same here...he was evicted for mismanagement of their property.
For the Earth Matters supporters, I would start looking for a new venue. This will not ever be the same place. I have a feeling that TDOT is about to put some stipulations on it's use...as it should be. How about the overgrown garden space in Shelby Park near the dog park? It is near the community center, near a childrens' playground, has bathrooms in the center, and is fenced. Plus, Mr Herring could just walk over and keep a close eye on it.
I have asked that hippie puncher's comment be deleted. Totally inappropriate. Racial slurs? Never on our part and knowing my neighbors, never. My neighbors had a garden over there, took Mr. Johnny on errands, and donated money for the water meter....but they also tried to elicit change and were thwarted time and time again. They stopped going over. Fewer and fewer people were over there gardening as well, I do not know the reason. Mr. Herring was very resistant to change...and a good idea escalated into this tragic ending. Honestly, most of us would prefer a green space for everyone to enjoy and not have to deal with the space being mismanaged/deteriorating again. I do not know what TDOT has planned. I guess that we will find out soon.
Mr. George stated that we Gale Lane residents "submitted to the department photos of the site at its trashiest." The above photos were taken in 2007 when I tried to have TDOT intervene for us. I got nowhere. As you can see, it was bad then as well. But it became much, much worse. You can tell by the color of the cans etc, that these are not recent photos. This has been an escalating issue for several years.
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