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Re: “Will the Midtown redevelopment be 'a nail in the coffin' for the Eastside?

Until a year ago, I lived on America Street, a block from Trident. The houses on our block were predominantly rented by younger white people, with a few older black families. The houses were all in good shape and the neighbors got along well with each other. However, one block away in all four directions, houses were rundown, there was trash everywhere, there was blatant and rampant drug dealing on the street at all hours (including broad daylight), and there were frequent gunshots. Houses on our block were routinely robbed (including mine). The criminals all around us viewed their neighbors on the "white" block not as people but as easy prey.

Here's my question: which of these lifestyles is better for the city (and better for EVERYONE involved, including the black community)? That of the responsible people who enhance the community by taking pride in their homes and leading the lives of solid citizens, or that of the drug dealers, thieves, and murderers who pray on their own neighbors? How many times have I heard that black children need better role models...

If these new developments are the "the nail in the coffin" for the Eastside's culture— the devastating effects of which I experienced firsthand everyday — why aren't we, as a community that values hardworking people who contribute to society instead of ruining it, celebrating this occurrence?

This doesn't seem like that complicated an issue: no one group has the rights to any one area of the city, and if they can't avoid crime and show basic compassion towards their neighbors, then why exactly do they deserve to live in this beautiful city we all love?

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Posted by CharlestonAdvocate on July 31, 2012 at 9:20 AM
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