The commercialization of the Dix Hospital property was thwarted. This was done in support of other more civic-minded raiders.
Today, the mentally handicapped are under threat of being locked out of the group homes – group homes promised as the replacement to the Dorothea Dix complex. Meanwhile the state’s heritage of 306 acres of prime property is made a holiday “gift” to those who turn the facility into a park.
Why isn’t the value of the property converted to cash to support the citizens who are least able to care for themselves? The disabled were first evicted from Dix and now from decentralized group homes of uncertain quality. How many safe, clean homes could be paid for from the market sale of the Dorothea Dix complex?