Sunday, April 22, 2007

Changing Elizabeth

You can't turn around without seeing an empty lot where once there was an old building; an apartment complex where once there was a vacant lot; a second floor where once there was only a first; a hole where once stood a big tree. Elizabeth is changing faster than we know. Do we have a handle on it?


Anonymous said...

Some of it is welcomed, but most of it is sad...especially the loss of trees and the demolition of Mercy. And of course, there is the loss of trees with Mercy. Damn CMC! Don't think they even care about the neighborhood.

John McBride said...

Does CMC care? Hard to say when an entity reaches that size. Could we make it care? I think we could. It's up to us to pay attention to what they're up to in our neighborhood and force them to change and grow in a way that protects what we love about this neighborhood. Certainly I had no idea what they had planned at Mercy -- and I still don't know what's going to go there. So I've failed to become involved enough to let CMC know someone's watching them.

An said...

It is very sad that they would demolish a historical building in order to replace it with something with no character i.e. parking lots. Is it hard to retrofit or give an old building a new use? If they keep this up the very "thing" that made Elizabeth so quaint will be gone.