Letter: Unhappy about changes in Madera

I was born and reared in Madera, and recently returned here after an absence of 40 years. Although I expected change, nothing could have prepared me for the changes that have taken place in my hometown.

What used to be the city’s center, downtown Madera, has been transformed into an area reminiscent of parts of Tijuana replete with the population from that town. And while driving anywhere in Madera, I sometimes feel as if I am driving in Mexico. Nine out of 10 drivers appear to be from that country and drive here as they drove in Mexico, atrociously!

For example, making turns onto another street across two lanes of traffic; waving half a dozen cars through at a four-way stop before proceeding themselves; and the most maddening, which I witness on a regular basis, waiting about three or four seconds before moving after a light has turned green.

Before anyone throws the race card at me be assured that my Mexican-American friends who are legal citizens of this country are annoyed as well.

Another change is the condition of the roads. In addition to the general deterioration of the asphalt on many roads, there are potholes the size of small wading pools, and seams 3 to 4 inches high across streets that I can only surmise were repairs but are like driving over curbs. Witness the seam on Gateway Drive between Yosemite Avenue and 6th Street. Many secondary streets are in better shape than the main streets in town.

If budgetary constraints prevent the necessary repairs, might I suggest that the city could raise funds by selling advertising space on the Madera water tower. (That would be) another change in my hometown, but maybe one thats time has come.

Steven Ingle,

7 Comments to "Letter: Unhappy about changes in Madera"

  1. bob clinton's Gravatar bob clinton
    February 21, 2008 - 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Maybe you were not in Madera for 40 years for a reason. … There is already enough complaining in this city and we do not need more.

  2. February 21, 2008 - 6:51 pm | Permalink

    If you want to avoid a town with a Mexican-centric economy you should move to a city that’s not in the agricultural epicenter of California, if you can afford it.

  3. Janet's Gravatar Janet
    February 26, 2008 - 12:41 pm | Permalink

    The real problem in Madera is there is not enough for the 15-20 year old young adults to do. Sure there is a skate park, but no place for them to hang out. Royal 8 and teen dances are no longer here for them.
    Just think of all the young adults that have died because of alcohol. I guess we can keep turning a blind eye and thinking the problem dosen’t exist but it does.



  4. Ric Potter's Gravatar Ric Potter
    April 1, 2011 - 3:12 pm | Permalink

    I agree and it is refreshing to see that someone else has noticed the exact same things as I. To Bob Clinton – If there was enough complaining then why isn’t something being done to make Madera a place to be proud of? Drive to Merced or Hanford and have a look for examples. The bad drivers and potholes are rampent. My biggest complaint is the businesses that I have utilized in the past that today have Spanish only in their windows and I cannot read Spanish and I am now disadvantaged in my own country. I have also thought, ‘If I wanted to visit Tijuana I’d go to Mexico.’ Seems that the original residents have given up on this town and now we deserve what we get.

  5. Steve Ingle's Gravatar Steve Ingle
    June 14, 2011 - 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your support Ric, I’m glad to know I’m not a lone voice in the wilderness. Btw Bob, having served in the military in a war, I think I have earned the right as a veteran, to express my opinion and observations, in other words, excersizing my right of free speech. You said that there is already enough complaining in Madera in YOUR COMPLAINING. Live by your own words.
    I still think its a no-brainer that the water tower offers a great opportunity to raise revenue for the city by selling advertising on it. Bob, why do you attack such an obvious sound idea? Do you like paying higher local sales tax etc. when there is a money maker that could alleviate at least a little of our taxes.

  6. Peter's Gravatar Peter
    December 15, 2011 - 2:42 am | Permalink

    “Before anyone throws the race card at me be assured that my Mexican-American friends who are legal citizens of this country are annoyed as well. ”

    Well, I’d say the Native Americans who were here hundreds of years ago would say Madera has changed for the worse… but thats ok to say because I have some anglo-american friends who agree with me as well.

    In 1851, tensions between the Indians and miners resulted in the formation of the Mariposa Battalion, which pursued the Indians and eventually discovered Yosemite and Crane Valleys (Bass Lake).
    Most of the Miwok and Yokut Indians were nearly destroyed by the Battalion. The Mono Indians were not affected as tragically, as they lived in the rugged territory of the mountains and their contact with the white man was limited. Much of the Mono Indian culture has been preserved as a result.

  7. Darcy Brewer's Gravatar Darcy Brewer
    March 16, 2012 - 8:45 pm | Permalink

    I was raised in Madera, I took my kids and got out ! Life in other states are safe and you dont have the gang, drugs, and trash that you do in Madera. I can remember when i being a kid could walk from one end of town to another and not have a problem but knew many that i passed by. My family would eat at the fruit basket at least twice a week till it closed it’s doors. It’s not about race but i can say because no one did a thing about the illegal problem 25 years ago you now have the gangs, that is their kids that were born their . Today shooting, killing, and selling drugs are a part of the Madera life. The state needs to bring in the military to clean the state of Calif up. That is why we pay to have a military. I will not pay my taxes to a state that allows this kind of problem . Now my kids and grand daughter can live life free without all that kind of crap. When is something going to be done about Calif ? What does it take to stop giving freebees to the illegals ? When the money stops then they leave.

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