Here is what some people at the Poindexter Community History Festival last weekend had to say about it.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The city has declared theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re doing to be demolishing half of their public housing within the next five years. Poindexter is going to be the last to go, and it is the biggest public housing complex in the city currently, and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the oldest public housing complex in the nation. Franklin Delanor Roosevelt came and inaugurated it exactly 70 years ago this month and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re having the Poindexter festival in October.Ã¢â‚¬Â ----Samantha Agarwal
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ I am saddened by the fact that Poindexter is going to be razed. However, Poindexter, being the first government subsidized housing in this country, leaves an impact that no one can ever erase.
We have many notable persons that are serving not only this community but throughout this country, that were born and raised in Columbus, in Poindexter VillageÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ In our apartments there were families--mother, father, and children. And yet when there were some that did not have both (parents), we filled that void as families, so no one was without familyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ And the fact that they are going to take it (Poindexter Village) down, we have to understand that we are affecting history.Ã¢â‚¬Â -----Sybil Edwards-McNabb
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ It was a community built for the working poor and you had a pride about yourself in being in Poindexter Village. I hate the word Ã¢â‚¬Ëœproject,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ because it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a project, it was a villageÃ¢â‚¬Â¦TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re talking about tearing it down which I think is a waste of money.
"When you look at our economy, why would you tear this down and leave so many other people homeless ? They just did a big renovation hereÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think people were even made aware they were going to tear this down, because I think there would have been more protest as far as keeping it up instead of tearing it down. They tell you things after the fact, instead of before it happensÃ¢â‚¬Â¦The people need to have more of a say so than (just) Ohio State University Hospitals.
"YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re putting people out of homes. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you think we have enough homeless people as it is? And so why would you do this to the people?Ã¢â‚¬Â ---- Luana Hall.