It is easier to wonder and ponder than it is to get people from.... Say the media... To come speak to classes (usually the response is "I am too busy this year.... Maybe next yeat... Right wendi? Or have the media refuse to cover stories about our students' achievements, despite begging them to do so.
I wish certain members of the media would treat all schools equally... But that level of compassion seems to be universally lacking. Then again... Maybe you wont be too busy next year...
The problem was the church was fallow. Same as Overton Square... I am as midtown as they come. I am for a progressive and functional city. However, it has to be understood that having large areas of unproductive and decaying land is NOT conducive to having a healthy economy or a healthy environment. While I am the first to advocate green space and communal gardens, I also realize that we live in a cash strapped urban city. We need updated centers for our homeless. We need our Southwest district revamped. (more than we need ANYTHING in midtown) We need too many things to hold on to decay and loss. While I appreciate history more than most, I also understand that history is a process of moving forward. Overton Square and midtown needs some serious TLC and holding on to baby-boomer memories is not going to bring about positive change.
I love midtown. I defend my corner of the city and in fact defend the city as a whole. I am the original homer. When Kroger's first took over the union store I defended the change. More than once in line to a complaining customer I said give it a chance. I did....
Now, its time to admit I was wrong. Kroger's on Union is a hot mess. I am not a person of many needs. A few things here... A few things there. I now realize that my demographic is not being considered at the Kroger's on Union. Now admittedly my list is specific: Deep Dish frozen pie crusts (NOT Kroger's brand), smoked oysters, large can of stewed tomatoes, orange danish's - you remember the kind in the tube that taste sort of orangey, coffee cake, copy paper (I am a teacher), garlic flakes, Serrano peppers, collards and fresh spinach. Ok, now the last three they have had upon occasion but availability has been at best spotty and I just wanted to round out my list.
I am sure there are some who are thrilled at the change. Personally, however, I am looking for options. I did the same with Ike's. I gave Walgreen's a chance to run Ike's. Now I go to that evil competitor across the street. Oh come on they TEXT me when my script is ready!
Regardless of what happens I just that the lord we do not have a Wal mart here. I am 6 years Walmart free and counting. :)
By Richard Alley
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