In Franklin we should build WHAT instead of Ballpark Commons?

We’ll address the above title of this blog, but first…

On Facebook there are a couple of pages that allow/invite community input from Franklin residents. I was unaware, and for good reason.  I rarely do Facebook (though I clearly understand the appeal and popularity).

One of my blog readers informed me last November about the Franklin Neighborhood Watch.

Have you heard of the public group Franklin Neighborhood Watch? The group of helpless Franklin whiners who complain about everything and don’t know how to solve the most basic problems like looking in the yellow pages for a plumber because a water heater went out or calling the police department if they are truly suspicious of a crime being committed. Instead they hit this Facebook page and start asking neighbor’s questions that go on and on and it gets totally out of control. You can’t even walk down a street talking on a cell phone if you aren’t wearing shoes and chatter starts. Did anyone hear that noise? Those darn coyotes!  It’s a regular soap opera I tell you. Not what a neighborhood watch is meant to be. More like Dear Abby. You should take a look at it for a laugh.

This one below is the latest:

I was then shown a screen shot of the post:

Not sure how to deal with the neighbor who constantly blows his leaves into our yard. We actually have photos of him doing it.

Numerous not so neighborly comments followed.

There are regular trolls that comment religiously and it’s quite sophomoric. These folks would rather post feeble attempts at humor than get into any serious substantive discussion about what really matters in Franklin. The site has brought out fearful, snooping, gossiping, busybodies.

And yet when I recently asked my wife to post some of my blogs on the site (taxes, schools, our business climate, apathy towards growth, you know, real serious items), you’d have thought I was a serial killer.

Come back, Fischer when your guppy is missing!

Another similar site is the Franklin Area Community Page. In the past 48 hours another blog reader of mine told me he couldn’t believe what was suggested on that site and the support it was getting.

Forget Ballpark Commons,  a stadium, luxury apartments, retail and restaurants. Instead, let’s build…

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A water park.

Yeh, that’s the answer!

Franklin would boom off the charts!

A water park. They’ll come from all over. Spend money like crazy. Talk of the town.

Look, I like waterparks. But when you’re talking quality, impressive economic development, I’m sorry but a waterpark never comes to my mind.

Getting back to the assessment I received about one of these sites. A place for community to interact with neighbors can be very valuable. Not when it turns into a not so comical depository for misinformation, rumor, and pleas for help for those who can’t help themselves.

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