Friday, March 25, 2011

City of Racine for sale only $1.00

I have watched and listened to the Mayoral forums for the past several week.  In each of these events the topic of NSP and other "real estate" related issues have come up repeatedly.  For instance the Walker property, the West Racine development. and the stubborn disaster which is Uptown, (aka Paducah North).   Now I am excited to hear that a new Coffee Shop/ Tapas bar is opening along with an artist studio on the South side of the 1500 Block of Washington.  How exciting for Uptown we should all be thrilled...Except that this new project which require nearly 400,000.00 to make workable has already cost the Taxpayers of our city almost 200 G's!

The Mayor in these debates has repeatedly said he is not giving away the city properties..and yet he's giving this one away fro $1.00!   Respectfully Mr. Mayor..either decide to liquidate our real estate and get the Hell out of the City real estate business, or go back to being a Realtor.     

It is time to seriously consider tearing down every building on the North side of Uptown and widening Hwy 20.  Doing so will dramatically increase the property value of every building on the south side of the district.  But the most important benefit will be to finally make the entrance corridor into our city  much more visitor friendly.  Racine's population is down nearly 17,000 from it's 1970 high, it makes sense to eliminate  some excess retail districts which will require years of demand to be viable districts.  Right now, Uptown, West Racine, Downtown, and now the State Street corridors will all be competing for the same retail "customers" and will merely strangle each of them from success.    Remove the North side of Uptown will help all of the others to have a chance at success, and at the same time dramatically improve the Uptown district and traffic flow.


  1. the old Uptown Theater is on the list of historic buildings. It can't be touched. Problem is, like West Racine, most of the buildings are owned by one person and she wants to profit from any sales in Uptown. Just like the other iron fist who tries to rule West Racine and bitches up a storm when she doesn't get her way.

  2. Thanks Del for adding those comments. The Uptown Theater does have that "Historic" factor. However I have checked into this. It can be photographed and "preserved" with documentation. and then it can be razed. I am aware of the one ownership situation in Uptown. the West Racine one I was unaware of. If the Uptown "Dutchess" (No insult implied or intended), wishes to see appreciation of her property value; she should keep her South of Hwy 20 properties, and trade her North of 20 properties for City owned buildings, on the South. Then allow the razing to ensue. Her remaining properties will instantly grow in value..because businesses will want to relocate to the new improved area.

  3. Dickert has no credibility after he told everyone he wont give city property away only to become "Dollar Bill" Dickert a few days later and sell the Washington Ave property for $1.

    Vote for Marcus, he is a bright person who actually has a plan. Four more years of Dickert and we will move closer to becoming the Detroit of Wisconsin.

  4. Anonymous has no creditability because she posted as anonymous !

  5. 609-Racine is in trouble as long as Dickert is in charge. He can't even write decently, how will he improve a city with many problems? This welcome to Racine he wrote is embarrassing. His public information officer must have not seen this mistake filled page: