RESIDENT OBJECTS TO POSSIBLE CHANGES TO THE DISTRICT
As a resident of Henderson and a frequent patron of The District, I have come to enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that it currently represents as a welcome relief from the manic commercial tastelessness exhibited in every other shopping venue around the city. Now this crass commercial stance is looming from an absentee owner with no more than a transient interest in the values of our community.
I suspect that I am among the many who will be far less inclined to shop or browse The District if it is allowed to degenerate into another garish, soulless strip mall. It is the character of The District as currently configured that gives it its appeal. In the long term, its prospects are far better as the upscale, classy shopping venue that it currently is. Transforming it to yet another tawdry, cheap drive-by mall actually diminishes its future as a sustainable, profitable enterprise and demeans the community that surrounds it.
A decade from now, we will either be able to look with pride at a cornerstone of our community or cast a disdainful glance at yet another trashy, rundown blight on our community. The road will lead nowhere but to eventual oblivion.
I can only hope that the City Council will disapprove the request by Vestar Development at its meeting (today) and do us all a big favor.
— K. Winston, HendersonLetters and questions are always welcome
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