"2) Propose an agreement to educate all of our existing attendance zones in perpetuity. This alleviates the main concern of SCS, that they will have to build facilities for these students in the future, but it also means that as those areas grow (without any restriction from the city of Germantown) and as Germantown's school population grows, you're now responsible for building new facilities using Germantown property taxes only. The children in the unincorporated areas don't pay Germantown property taxes, and therefore you're paying out of your pocket to build facilities that are needed because areas outside of your taxing boundary are growing. This isn't necessarily fair or desirable, but it's an option."
It would be a viable option if it could be negotiated in conjunction with an agreement from the SCC to limit residential development in the affected areas for as long as they are served by Germantown schools.
The city of Germantown is landlocked. Any increase in the public school population in Germantown proper for the foreseeable future is going to come from private school transfers. Thus, I would expect that population to stabilize fairly quickly. The only wild card is if one or more of the few large tracts of land within the city limits that are still held by individual families were to be sold to residential developers. If that were to happen, it would be offset by a concomitant increase in property tax revenue.
The problem is the very real possibility of large apartment complexes springing up overnight in the unincorporated areas served by the Germantown MSD, which would be outside the city's control. If the Commission would, for once, vote its children's, not to mention its own economic best interests, instead of continuing to see this as a zero sum game that must be won, a deal could be reached that benefits everyone.
Neal Patrick Harris in a wig maybe?
Alas, as much as this needs to happen -- there is no such thing as too many musical theatre roles for actors with non-musical-theatrey voices who play instruments, in my opinion -- the lawyer in me fears it will never come to pass. Too many real-life people would have to sign off on inflattering versions of themselves or else it would be sunk by libel suits before it ever got started. And that's a shame. SO SMOOTH.
Yacht Rock: The Musical. Now THAT I would pay to see
"Mayfield, I also think people would come out to see things related to the neighborhood especially if people in the neighborhood were engaged in the process at some level: "Gateway art" so to speak."
ATL produced something like this for the Humana Festival in, I think, 2004, commissioning Naomi Iizuka to write a play about a Louisville neighborhood which used to house a bunch of slaughterhouses and staging it at an environmental site in that neighborhood. I see no reason the same could not be done in here. Abandoned buildings are are one of our major civic resources.
By Richard Alley
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