The slow decline of Itta Bena


In_The_662

Deeeeep In The Delta.....
The AP did an article on how the entire town of Itta Bena could lose power if they don't pay $800,000 by December 1 (Valley won't be affected because they are on a totally different grid and not within the city limits of Itta Bena)

Itta Bena has been in a decline ever since I left Valley but white flight really accelerated it over the past 10-15 years to the point of there really only being a handful of businesses in a once vivrant downtown area. The article is one thing. The pictures just drive it home


Mississippi city may be left in dark over unpaid power bill

View: https://www.facebook.com/patrickppperry/posts/10157240535886540
 
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The Founder

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Hey they used to have this awesome fish restaurant near there...I think it is Greenville. Is it still open?
 

TSU/BAMA

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The AP did an article on how the entire town of Itta Bena could lose power if they don't pay $800,000 by December 1 (Valley won't be affected because are on a totally different grid and not within the city limits of Itta Bena)

Itta Bena has been in a decline ever since I left Valley but white flight really accelerated it over the past 10-15 years to the point of there really only being a handful of businesses in a once vivrant downtown area. The article is one thing. The pictures just drive it home


Mississippi city may be left in dark over unpaid power bill

View: https://www.facebook.com/patrickppperry/posts/10157240535886540

This reminds me of my home town in Alabama. 😞
 

In_The_662

Deeeeep In The Delta.....
What's the largest municipality near Valley?

Greenwood (5 minutes). But Greenwood is right now going through what Itta Bena has been through:

White flight and businesses leaving the area. The downtown area of Greenwood is a larger version of Itta Bena. Still businesses downtown but the fact that Greenwood has many 3-4 story buildings that are empty (and some are crumbing) makes it worse

And as soon as you cross the railroad tracks into the black areas of town, it's a night and day difference
 

LAW DAWG

TSU LOVE
Greenwood (5 minutes). But Greenwood is right now going through what Itta Bena has been through:

White flight and businesses leaving the area. The downtown area of Greenwood is a larger version of Itta Bena. Still businesses downtown but the fact that Greenwood has many 3-4 story buildings that are empty (and some are crumbing) makes it worse

And as soon as you cross the railroad tracks into the black areas of town, it's a night and day difference
If they are only five minutes away they probably should consider out-sourcing some city services such as policing and fire service. I don't know how city/county governance works in Mississippi, but they could turn policing over to the county sheriff with out cost if things are done as they are here in Texas.
 

Blacknbengal

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Maybe they need to go back like it was in the past. Having lights only for a certain time period in the day and be off at night.
 

tierre

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Things that hurt small towns is having a limited tax base. Folks have to spend money in Itta Bena in order for it to improve. They might need to do a 2% sales tax increase like we did in Vicksburg, MS to get something. Taxes in Mississippi is 8%. We added the 2% on food places to pay for a sports complex.
 

JAGSC

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Things can turn around. I remember when my parents moved to the Greenville/Spartanburg SC area, they were still affected by the textile industry.. Spartanburg/Greenville is unrecognizable today.. It has became one of the fastest areas in the country
 

Mrwiregrass

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How about we try a new approach, and stop using white flight for the decline of our communities?

If we can pray, and believe in-somebody that we have never saw in our entire life. We actually can do something for ourselves.
 
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