Look to the streets of New York: I live on Page and Shrader, a block away from Haight and Ashbury, and I can't tell you how excited I was when I read the intro blurb about police planning a change to the Haight Ashbury homeless dynamic ["Whose Haight," Sept. 20].
I was sadly disappointed when I read further and it described how police were frustrated and unsure of how to combat the problem.
I believe that it is possible to combat if we learn the lessons from New York City circa 1990s when Giuliani was mayor. He was able to combat the homeless epidemic with strategic planning; why would the same thing be so difficult here?
The yuppies are next: Eliza Strickland is part of the push for a community block grant that is supposed to improve neighborhoods that are low-income, like the Haight. However, these funds [end up being] redirected to plans to flush out the homeless, many of whom were initially displaced by gentrification. Then later they will say the people with houses on Haight Street need to go, and they will be turned out, just like the blacks that lived in that neighborhood once upon a time. We will not be disenfranchised from our neighborhood. No matter how much those yuppies will pay for the housing, you are still using propaganda to kick us out. Where are we going to go? That is the question you must answer me.
This park belongs to all people; our park, our street, our problems, and our "kids." We will not allow you to harm them or yourself in the process. No one here wants to take the park from you; you want to take it from us.
We want the park to be safe for you, you are our neighbor give us restrooms to use, showers, jobs, housing (and drug treatment programs for people in Lilac's position). There are not enough housing programs for families with children, seniors, the disabled, and those in drug recovery. It is a common issue that there is not enough. I refuse to take housing from someone who needs it more than I do.
"Toby" David B. Meyers
A park is not a home: I was pleased to see that you ran this story. Though I personally would have highlighted the more vigilant residents of the neighborhood who hate the street trash and wish they would just disappear, I am glad that someone is still paying attention to the "homeless" problem in this city. I say "homeless" because I think most of these kids have a home somewhere, and they need to go back to it.
James [last name withheld]
Don't hate the player: "Nice Boys" is not a Guns N' Roses song, it's a Rose Tattoo cover ["The Nice Boys," Sept. 13]. I find it funny you mention it, as the subject of Rose Tattoo was brought up when I met the members of the Nice Boys.
How come no rock critic ever listens to production? They always blame shitty sound on the group. Whoever produced this, and I really hope it's not the band, fucked it up. They got the guitar right, and they got the drums right, that's about it. These are good pop songs in the Move-, Cheap Trick-, T. Rex-, Raspberries-, Big Star vein, no one should deny that. However, the way the vocals are recorded make it seem like they're trying to be the Knack. Like they want Terry Six to sound like he's wearing a skinny tie. It's just wrong.
Ray [last name withheld]
His legacy is in his hands: Like him or not, Axl Rose is one interesting person and most often, he is misunderstood ["Never Mind the Oxygen Tanks, Here's Guns N' Roses," Sept. 13]. Some people like to think of Axl as an a-hole, but that is just because he likes to keep to himself and he likes his privacy. Axl does not crave attention or headlines; he gets that without even trying, and sometimes I think that embarrasses him. Just his going out for a steak dinner makes headlines. Not many other people in music get that, but Axl does.
Axl has had a few false starts over the past six years, but it is now time for him to take his throne back as the best frontman in rock. Others have tried but none have even come close to having Axl's stage presence or aura. He holds his destiny and legacy in his hands. He can either be the huge star he used to be or he can just disappear again. Either way, Axl Rose will always be one of music's great mysteries. He had it all in the late '80s and early '90s, and he can have it all again if he wants it. He just has to release the album and everything will fall into place. Rock has been missing something for quite some time, and that something is Axl Rose.