Thursday, November 25, 2004

Progress ain't all it's cracked up to be

Well, our fair City is moving along. Vision 2005, or whatever it is now, is clicking along. And, one of my favorite current road construction projects, the Pinney Point Interchange, is nearing completion.

But wait! It's not all it's cracked up to be. The Pinney Point Interchange construction project, which will ease traffic from Downtown Portsmouth and the Mid-Town Tunnel out to northern Suffolk and the Monitor Merrimack Bridge, has killed off my favorite bookstore, Broad Street Books. I'm not a happy camper. Susan Weaver has done a super job building up her independent bookshop. And now, well, now she's going to close her doors. The interchange project and the ever-changing traffic patterns have cut her business by some 80%. Ouch.

Question: If our City is to do great things and be a great place, do we not need to ensure the survivability of great businesses that make our community unique?

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