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Letter To The Editor: What Kind Of Town Do We Want?

This article first appeared in issue 7, and was written by Various.

This letter was addressed to "Downtown Revitalization, P.O. Box 906, Columbia," and is reprinted with as little editing as possible.We'd like to hear your comments on the situation.

9/25/96

Dear friend,

I have just read your August "Columbia" which I picked up at one of the banks.

It seems you're working hard to make Columbia attractive to visitors, prospective new residents, & businesses.

I'm sort of half-way between a visitor & a resident, I work here.

I'm hoping you'll take this as constructive because it is meant only to be. I like Columbia, working here, I'm treated fairly.

However, my wife & I have chosen, after careful consideration, to live elsewhere & I'd like to tell you why.

We moved to Kentucky from another state & where we lived before there was a serious 'kid' problem. Kids would "hang out" in the business district, trash the town during the evening hours, & be a real nuisance to patrons at businesses in general.

I'm witnessing the same thing here in Columbia, numerous cars & trucks, full of young people hanging out int he shopping center next to MacDonalds & across the street at Wal-Mart. In the morning, when I come in to work, both these parking lots are littered with bags of discarded food remnants, bottles & cans from the nights festivities.

It may not be noticeable to some, but after our recent experience in another state we promised ourselves we would endeavor to live where a town controlled its young people, and we do.

Please don't take me wrong, I like Columbia, I'm treated well here, always. When I read Dr. Begley's comment "Columbia needs to be at its shining best . . . " I thought about the eyesore at those two parking lots every morning (please go in there each morning for about a week & see for yourself).

I'm sorry, but for us this was a real turnoff, it might be for others, it might not. I pass our feelings on, for what it's worth.

s/A friend



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