(WINDSOR, ON) – We re all heard the expression, “The elephant in the room.” Well, apparently, there’s one in Ward 2.
This elephant is staring into the eyes of tax payers, their children, and visitors alike. There is a significant issue in Ward 2 that desperately needs to be addressed, that being the boarded up houses on Bloomfield Road.
“I think the city feels the residents of Ward 2 are expendable,” said Ward 2 resident Teajai Travis.
For years, the Bloomfield House has been known for activism and artistic work within the community. Now Travis, the founder of Bloomfield House, is involved with a mission to gather signatures in support of knocking down the boarded up houses.
Residents of Bloomfield Road have quietly and patiently waited for the houses lining their street to be addressed. And, year after year, the buildings continue to add blight to the neighbourhood.
As a resident and property owner, I am making it my personal goal to see that we, the residents of Bloomfield Road, no longer have to live in the shadow of those boarded up houses,” said Travis. “We are tired of raising our families in such disgraceful conditions.”
The Bloomfield Freedom project has a clear mission; to get the elected municipal officials to stand up for the residents of Bloomfield Road and have the Canadian Transit Company demolish the boarded up houses.
“The houses are more than just an eye sore; they are dangerous,” said Travis. “There is debris from the deteriorated houses that is falling into people’s yards. When we get a good wind, pieces of the houses come loose, falling onto the ground.”
The houses are also magnet attracting small animals. In turn, larger animals enter into the community, putting young children and domestic pets at risk.
“The neighbourhood fears that the houses may catch fire, or be set on fire, which puts the houses beside them at risk,” Travis added.
Members Bloomfield House have been canvasing Bloomfield Road residents to organize support for the petition.