Giving a (polite) earful to the people running the city: your city government
I just e-mailed the mayor, vice mayor, city council, and economic development director about this trend of landlords jacking up the rent and then putting in a @$#@ bank, and the mushrooming of big boxes, and so on. I know they don't directly control either, but nonetheless, they have some influence over it, and if you don't like it, you need to let them know in a way that doesn't involve just complaining on FB/Twitter/etc. Most people are too busy/lazy/apathetic to get involved in local government, so they may well respond to you/us. I'm pretty sure it'll mostly be lip service, but if enough people complain, maybe something will eventually change. If nobody does, I'm pretty sure nothing will!
And speaking of responsiveness, per the question I missed before the election--it really IS hard to get a feel for these local school board & city councilmembers (especially the ones who are too lazy or dumb or ... have some strange unlucky set of events and don't fill out the Smart Voter info). But they're usually really responsive to e-mailed questions about topics that are important to you. (And if they don't fill out Smart Voter info and don't provide contact info online/don't answer your questions, I don't think I'd vote for them!)
Where's my friend's "Gettin' My Lisa Simpson On" LJ icon when I need it?
I think I just wanted an excuse to not clean. :p Back to cleaning now. Sigh.