“Putting a weed store on 23rd & Union is problematic because the murder of Troy Hackett happened in the parking lot next door to the church,” Flores continued. “[Degene and Troy] provided young people with hot meals, clothes and shelter, because they were responsible business owners who cared about the community. I think the question we should all be asking ourselves is, what would Degene and Troy want on that corner?”
Selling legal weed is not tearing apart black families. And It is a total fabrication to suggest that business in that area are all involved in community service.
What does this even mean?
Part of my problem is all the strange rhetoric around honoring the community. Listen to this from youmustlearnL
In areas where the owners of the land and wealth actually live in the community, there is much more care taken to recognize and dialogue with the community.
Aside from the barber shop are any of the existing business owners in dialogue with the community?
Much of this comes off as petulant whining and it isn't honoring the community at all. Preserving an abandoned bank building for nostalgic purposes? Really?
By all means lets figure out a way to encourage small local business, discourage monolithic architecture but we need stronger voices saying things that make sense to the actual community. Not nostalgia for a failed commercial zone, wherein you paint a gas station as a cultural touchstone. It is insulting.