Saturday, August 04, 2007

The Man Who Sold Freetown

Now it appears that Chris Williams, the man who sold Freetown to the developers has the cheek to ask people for their votes! Williams is term limited in his position as a Coucilman. So, he is now running for the District 44 State seat. He even has the nerve to ask the residents of Freetown to vote for him. His gall is incredible!

According to the wacky Williams world view, he is somehow a hero for getting the sum of $200,000 to help preserve the history of Freetown. The fact of the matter is that he did no such thing. His constituents did not want the development. They were happy as they were, without the money. It now emerges that Williams thinks of himself as a hero. The people of Freetown think of his as a buffoon, a greedy self-serving political hack. He is no hero.

It has also come to light that a local businessman, who put up Williams to supporting the development, is paying Williams back. It seems that this individual has contributed the maximum permissable to the William's campaign. This makes Williams little better than a political whore. All his posturing about race is just an act. When it comes down to it, Williams was just looking after himself.

To add insult to injury, Williams supporters were in Freetown putting his yard signs all over the place, including on City land, which is illegal. They even put the signs in people's yards, without asking permission. These signs have now been removed and thrown away.

In a slightly ironic twist of fate, one of the people running against Williams is Fred Prejean. Prejean was one of the few people who stood up against the developers, as a member of the Lafayette Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC). The PZC, which is now under Prejean's leadership, twice voted to deny the developers permission to build their monstrosity. The City Council, led by Williams, overturned their decision. One thing is clear, Prejean is a friend of the voters of Freetown. Williams is loyal only to his own interests. Voters should keep these facts in mind on election day.

8 Comments:

Anonymous casiocris said...

One of Chris's cronies - who looked like he was hired from in front of tammy's, tried to place a yard sign in my yard. Those guys were putting them in people's yards and not even asking. The only reason they asked me was because I saw them coming. Chris Williams personal embarasses me regularly. He has sold out the history of our nieghborhood. What a shame. What a loss.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Donny said...

I am working on a documentary about Freetown and trying to get a hat shop there put on the historic directory. I would love to talk with you about the project.

My email address is donny@killerfilm.com

10:51 AM  
Blogger naomi said...

I'm a recent transplant to Freetown, though I lived here on and off throughout college. Now, we've settled here for good. I read that there is a Freetown Neighborhood Historic Assoc. and I know about the Coterie, but I can't seem to find out much information about them. I've spoken to my neighbors and everyone seems interested in getting more involved as a community, but no one knows about the Freetown Historic group. Do you have any info?? Do they have meetings, events, clean up days, etc...Thanks

1:16 AM  
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2:24 AM  
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3:44 AM  
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7:46 AM  
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12:46 PM  
Blogger Bokiluis said...

I have wonderful memories of Freetown as a young kid. It was almost revolutionary for the south because it was practically an integrated neighborhood. My parents and their family owned a significant amount of land in Freetown. They had homes in several locations on the 300 block of Stewart St. In fact, I did not sell my inherited land until 1996-97 after my mother finally transitioned. I find myself longing to return though you can never recapture the magic of bygone years. I was born in 1953. My family owned 3 houses on Stewart St., my godfather owned a little convenience store and a big two story mini mansion. This was all in the 300 block of Stewart St. Whites lived in the 100 and 200 block. This was 3 blocks from the main downtown st. of Lafayette.
I have thought of and on in returning to the area. But I think I am just trying to recapture part of my youth. It was always magical visiting my relatives on the 300 block of Stewart St. The block had one of the first mini supermarkets at Stewart and Lamar St. There was also a hat shop. There were two bar/cafes that was the nucleus of the entertainment for the area. You always felt safe there because the police station was 2 blocks away. Ther was a white owned cleaners in the 200 block. I think the owner was slightly racist because I sort of remember her salty demeanor. The street was paved as far back as the early 60s making driving very easy compared to other areas of the city. So Freetown, with it's early memories of social integration belongs to the great residents, past, present and in the future.

7:02 AM  

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