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Tarp it All
April 15, 2010 - Heather Ziegler
The new tarp over the old GC Murphy Building will definitely make people stop and look ,... and laugh. It's a good try but how do you take one or two buildings, attempt to hide their defects and still draw potential buyers or developers to the area? It's like trying to sell a house with a hole in the roof and biling it as a skylight. If City Fathers really want to do a service to this town, they ought to look at mowing down the bad buildings on Market Street and redeveloping the area into garden homes and green space. There is a tremendous need for housing for middle-aged people who do not want a highrise, are not ready for a nursing home but want a single story smaller home. They just don't exist in this area. And if you build the homes, it will become obvious that there would be a need for food stores, dry cleaners, and other service industry and retailers. It's clear we are fast becoming a retirement destination for many, but the retirees are fighting for places to live. Those big old homes in Woodsdale, Warwood, on the Island, in Elm Grove and throughout Wheeling are great for young families but once the kids are gone, the houses have served their purpose. I think we need a suggestion box in the City-County Building. Let the residents of your fair city tell you what they want. After all, they pay the bills.
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