Letters to the Item Editor, in support of Aikaterina Koudanis
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The old center of Lynn is High Rock.  This area was inventoried in 1983 as 'High Rock Reservation' as an 'Asset of the Commonwealth'. Frederick Olmstead was commissioned to draw the plan (Job no. 003311)… plans are supposedly destroyed. Area highlighted shows old VFW Post along with High Rock Park combined. 




Aerial of High Rock in 1995...

Aerial of High Rock in 2010

Research continues.
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Please join with others in the cause to maintain a full service hospital in Lynn MA...


Please sign the online petition...
Facebook page and online petition created by Aikaterini Panagiotakis Koudanis



Issues:
Access to Lynn's Union Hospital is clear from the highway and the city center during severe storm flooding. Salem Hospital's access roads have not seen clear access. Below is a map using flood zone data. There needs to be a thorough Hazard Mitigation Plan, in case of natural or unnatural events! The concern with access to hospital care is not just daily traffic congestion (on Rt. 107), it is flooding. The map also includes one area prone to flooding on Highland Ave near Walmart.   Click on map to view...


Imagine if acute care hospital services at Union Hospital (circled H in image below) were wiped out?  What would this do for the region?  This map shows where hospitals are located. Other regions north and south have a cluster but then there will be nothing over a the region of Lynn, Reading, Lynnfield, Revere, North Reading, Saugus.  Why didn't partners decide to move the regional hospital services to Union Hospital to cover the region, if Salem and Beverly are next door to one another?   Click on map to view...


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Welcome, to share your ideas here.

The following is a collection of ideas shared with me by different citizens, on how to improve our hometown.  Hopefully this list will encourage, strengthen the demand and participation by both government and the people, from thought to reality.    

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My thoughts on the waterfront:  Create a waterfront that is open, free, contextual in design to the North Shore, as a warm and welcoming place, with open space to the waterfront for public access, with enjoyment of commercial cafes and waterfront venues, an amusement park, retail space, athletic fields, etc.  Not litter the air by a skyscraper village, putting a back towards the remaining part of Lynn, and not demagnetize from existing residential neighborhoods.   Embellish the Lynnway as a parkway as originally intended to connect Revere Beach with Lynn Shore Drive by creating greener paths, and park spaces in-between with kiosks, pavilions and follies.  

Many people are suggesting to add a Pickering Wharf, Salem Willows, Hampton Beach style, drive-in theater...  integrated with the existing industry on the Lynnway.  Have areas of the waterfront affordable for all people. 

This is a pictoral image found and shared by someone on Facebook Dirty 200.

Artist unknown


Have a seafood festival on Lynn's waterfront.

Have a heliport on the Lynnway.


Build on what is fair.  What is fair for one is fair for another.


Update the charter to limit elected time served.
Bring back the Civil Service to Lynn.






Create a little kids basketball court somewhere... at Strawberry Park.





Teach the children the values of recycling, gardening and caring about our natural and urban environment in school, so the children could teach their parents.  This is the quickest way to see improvement.   The concept applies to any ideal, as many values are being taught in school.

Improve recycling schedule pickup, and include compost recycling.




Help the younger generation own a home in Lynn, to help the children grow independently, to help maintain the future of Lynn with caring citizens who have grown to love the city, to encourage them to build their family here, to help those living from pay check to check on a modest intermediate income.






Rent-to-buy program: An owner-occupant program.  
The problem is there are many hard working citizens paying high rental fees because they cannot move over the hurdle in buying a home, live pay check to pay check, or are not first time home buyers.  Many renters had their homes foreclosed on.  Another problem is the rise of non-owner occupant dwellings, where investors are not investing back into the community.  Many of Lynn's young adults move out of the city.   If The City of Lynn has a multi million dollar cash reserve and local banks are willing to invest, with the power to obtain homes (through purchase or taking) a program to help investment and the community would be to initiate a rent-to-buy program, increasing the middle-class to occupy more homes in the city.   The rental income would return to the pot increasing revenue to purchase more homes or fund improvements to neighborhoods.  





At the MAPC community planning meeting on May 23, 2013, thoughts were gathered from people.  Many of my thoughts were shared in writing on the table as well.











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Click to view recommendations in sealing buildings to cut off rodent habitat.
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The City of Lynn made history April 9, 2013, in an unanimous vote by City Council passing an ordinance, changing the culture of how homes and people are treated:  adding the element of awareness to home owners from possible bank fraud or neglect on mortgage service.  Supporters of the petition for this new ordinance were members of the Lynn United for Change, John O'Brien of the Salem Registry of Deeds, Rev. Jan Gould of St. Stephen's Church, and many others from the community.  The ordinance requires an official certificate be filed with the Salem Registry of Deeds, a branch of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that mediation has occurred between the bank and homeowner.   A big thank you goes to Lynn native John O'Brian of the Salem Registry of Deeds who lead the battle against robo-signing by big banks.  A thank you goes to Lynn City Council for your votes and the 250+ people who came to Lynn City Hall during the public hearing of the ordinance.  No one spoke in opposition.  It was a night of unity and American pride.   

Changing the culture of how homes are treated is returning to the tradition that a home is not just a business transaction but a home.  It is a place where families grow and memories are made.  Helping prevent abandoned foreclosed homes devalue a neighborhood helps everyone in the community, and helps strengthen the incentives for others to help build their community, increasing it's value.

Even if you are not from Lynn, or Massachusetts, this change in culture may become a  precedent model in your community.   

News on the public hearing at City Council can be read on The Daily Item.

My thoughts:
In the Daily Item article: 
Lynn foreclosure mediation plan faces mayoral scrutiny, April 10, 2013
"Kennedy... said she is “thinking of following Springfield’s lead” in reviewing the “homeowners’ bill of rights.”"

"The Springfield ordinance requires lenders to meet “face to face” with homeowners within 90 days after the owner receives a foreclosure notice. Failure to meet and mediate carries a $300 fine, but Springfield’s plan — unlike Lynn’s — does not require a foreclosure deed filing to include a mediation certificate."

The ordinance in essence (different from Springfield's which the Mayor considered following) is asking for an official certificate that mediation has occurred, to be filed with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Salem Registry of Deeds.    A branch of the government will be required to see an official piece of paper.




Concept:

Rent-to-buy program: An owner-occupant program.  
The problem is there are many hard working citizens paying high rental fees because they cannot move over the hurdle in buying a home, live pay check to pay check, or are not first time home buyers.  Many renters had their homes foreclosed on.  Another problem is the rise of non-owner occupant dwellings, where investors are not investing back into the community.  Many of Lynn's young adults move out of the city.   If The City of Lynn has a multi million dollar cash reserve and local banks are willing to invest, with the power to obtain homes (through purchase or taking) a program to help investment and the community would be to initiate a rent-to-buy program, increasing the middle-class to occupy more homes in the city.   The rental income would return to the pot increasing revenue to purchase more homes or fund improvements to neighborhoods.  
~ This concept was shared by a friend.  Thank you.





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