Thursday, July 19, 2012

From the Comment Section: Lynn School Watch

It's interesting to read some of the commentary left on local blogs or the about issues related to the city of Lynn. Some of the comments reveal common sentiments about the city while others are questionable or incoherent at best. The following is a comment left on the local blog Lynn School Watch in response to an anonymous poster who made a statement about potentially selling her house due to dissatisfaction with the management of the city's public school system:

Sound like a good idea, but good luck selling your house. What's the selling pitch going to be for potential buyers?

Lynn's a rat infested city

It's run poorly by politicians only looking out for themselves and a mayor who hasn't done anything to improve it

It has some of the worst schools in the state and one of the lowest school districts in the state which is also run by politicians only looking out for themselves and a mayor who has not done anything to improve it

The property taxes are extremely high and continue to increase while the assessment of your home continues to decrease. And your hard earned tax dollars go into the pockets of those politicians and not to improve the city or schools

There is a huge influx of immigrants (many illegal) that continue to come to the city because of all the subsidized housing this city provides and the endless benefits this state provides to them

The crime and gang activity is everywhere throughout the city, even in the 'good' areas (although some claim it has decreased)

It is because of these reasons and so many more that you will either not be able to sell your house, or you will not get what you want or need for it. This city is a cesspool!

Is this a common opinion among Lynners? Is Lynn really a 'cesspool'?

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  1. "The crime and gang activity is everywhere throughout the city, even in the 'good' areas (although some claim it has decreased)" I wish people like this would cite where they get their statistics from.

  2. Actually provide evidence to back up their statements? But that would make sense.... ;)

  3. I have to admit that I agree with most of what is being said here. There are many of us working hard to change these things, but, having said that, most are true. I've said many times I love this city and that is why I care, but we have a lot of work to do here, maybe most importantly electing officials that care about the city and its people as much as we do.
    Sue Walker

  4. Thanks for the link to my blog, Cleo. The comment you referenced has so many blanket statements in it that I think this person has pulled the covers over his or her eyes and refuses to see any good whatsoever--only corruption, everywhere. I don't know why people think property taxes here are extremely high. Try living in Swampscott or Marblehead and you'll see what I mean. Lynn is a relatively inexpensive place to live. I would also challenge the statement that our schools are some of the worst in the state. Could they be better? Yes, but I see a lot of positive press about our schools as well negative views. I also think that some of the statistics you've cited on your blog in the past show improvement.