Charita Gosha hit a home run today with Closing of Rite Aid is Another Page in Neighborhood's Sad Saga about the destruction of a once vibrant area of Canton:
In any given community, when the number of poor and transient residents increases, and the number of homeowners and active voters declines, such neighborhoods tend to tumble to the bottom of a city’s priorities. Ailing and neglected neighborhoods can transform cities into “doughnuts.”
In the minds of many people, the obvious solution is jobs. It certainly can’t be denied that the factories and plants that once offered a future and a way into middle-class respectability helped keep this city awash in people and tax revenue.
But what’s happened to the Belden Avenue area over the last 20 years goes deeper than that. In the past, people didn’t use their poverty or unemployment as an excuse to debase themselves or their grandmothers’ neighborhoods.
This is the kind of truth in writing that should be cherished in Canton by Rep readers. Unfortunately, due to the naracissistic disruptive games of one person, comments have been disabled on the commentary. We can't blame the Rep, though (exactly) for cutting off the public. Who wants to trek through last weekend's moral swamp again?
I Hate Canton, however, would like to thank Charita for keeping the faith. You've got lots of fans and friends.