Garrett wrote: bigredmed1 wrote: TitosBuritoBarn wrote:
OmahaFan wrote:Either way Annexation should be a high priority.
Why? The amount of land a city controls doesn't correlate to its success or financial prosperity.
Yes it does. If Omaha were to let Bennington annex all of west Douglas County outside of Omaha, or let Valley and Waterloo merge and take the trans-Elkhorn area with them, we would find ourselves in the city equivalent of OPS (pretty much like St Louis.) OPS pooped their bed back in the 60s when Millard was far away and 66 was really high taxes. Bellevue was owned by the air force, and Papio-LaVista were small towns in the country. By letting the school district go to seed in the mid 60s, lots of people took off in a wave of "green flight" where everyone who had the green to fly did so. This wave of multiracial out-migration was then followed by white flight in the early 70s. Leaving OPS weakened further and the people with money living in 66, and the people with enough to get out of OPS living in Millard and Ralston. Now OPS struggles and the surrounding districts get stronger.
This same thing happens in places like STL or Dallas where people with money would rather their tax money go to a park or school they will benefit from rather than yet more central city "investment".
"Green Flight?" What historical revisionist |expletive| is this? I mean sure, mention nothing about Sundown Towns, Block Busting, Red Lining, Exclusionary Covenants, and highway construction that systematically and precisely benefited white people and excluded black people, that began far earlier than the 60's.
Greenflight happened before forced busing. Mid to late 60s All the people (black and white, etc) who could leave the crappier parts of east Omaha did so when their kids' schools started going to seed. THEN white flight happened in the early 70s when forced busing became a thing and everyone blew out of OPS, even from the nicer areas to avoid having their kids schlepped 20 miles away to go to second grade in some crappy school. Basically, there weretwo flights. The beginning of the decline was when the old teachers started to retire. The inner city schools for a while were getting young replacements that were OK. Not as good as the retirees, but OK. Then the schools started to not get resources and the school teachers that were assigned there started to really get weak (read incompetent). This incompetent teacher base and the lack of resources directed at the inner city schools triggered the "Green Flight". Once the schools hit bottom, the people who were stuck there sued and forced busing started.
The mandatory busing to force people to go to the crappy schools triggered White Flight.
Important to remember that Green Flight was non-race based. It was a flight to quality by all my classmates parents (black and white) Everyone who could leave, did so to get their kids out of the crappy schools. White Flight was only white people because black families in the good OPS areas got to stay where they were. White families in OPS basically had a choice of leaving OPS or seeing their kid hauled off to a crappy school for the second grade and those microskills (like multiplication) that are taught in that grade would not be. They packed up and left. Again, most of the people that followed us to Millard were people who just wanted a better chance for their kids.
Redlining screwed white people too. My parents lost a pile of money on their little starter house on 48th street due to the FHA deciding that they could not sell their house for more than $8K (even though it was bought at $11k and they had put $3-4K into it). This was because they were in a neighborhood that was "transitional".