Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Liquor Stores

Shut-up! I don't want to hear another word. We have too many liquor stores on our streets and it's our fault. Why? Because we take whatever scraps the city will give us. The mentality of the people of South Providence needs a change-a major change. We need to demand businesses that will bring less crime and more employment and respectability to the South Side. Wake up people-if you don't take charge of your life, others will. Why is that if we drive a mile or two down the road in Cranston we don't see streets plagued by Liquor stores? Why are Rent-a-Centers concentrated in Providence? We need to stop the infiltration of businesses that do not add value to our communities and begin working to entice businesses such as Staples, Target, Toys R Us, etc. to come to the South Side. Don’t laugh because if we do not reverse the curse of liquor stores and the like in our community, unsavory businesses will continue to litter our streets and provide the role-modeling for our children. I, for one, won't stand for that. Period.


Blogger matthewRI said...

When people hurt, they want to escape. They want to drink. They want to dance. They want to get their hair done. They want to feel good even though life is not going the way they want too. There are more liquor stores in South Providence for the same reason that there are more churches: when people feel life's pain and hardship, they want to escape. And whether you turn to Johnny Walker or Jesus Christ, you will find a storefront waiting for you. It's simple. If you want fewer liquor stores in South Providence, then find a way to lower the demand for liquor by creating more opportunities, and thus more hope, for people in South Providence. Once clear example is to give small business owners the opportunity to open new stores or expand current ones. Why do Atwells Ave. small businesses receive 10x the number of tax breaks as Broad St. small businesses? While Broad St. business advocates like Norris Waldron, Jose Brito and Julius Kolawole have done an amazing job of bringing more opportunities for our small businesses, we need more from our government. And this means city and state officials that care about the South Providence economy, as much as they care about Federal Hill. Bottom line: complain all you want about liquor stores, but when people are hopeless they drink more and celebrate less and when people have hope and opportunity they celebrate more and drink less.

12/15/2004 10:25:00 AM  

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