Your View: Guest Column - High Point has dieted enough

Dec. 25, 2013 @ 08:57 PM

BY AMANDA FOSTER ANDERSON

As a lifelong resident of High Point, I have to say while I “like” the idea of Ignite High Point; it is starting to become more of a hassle than something for which to look forward. High Point has been a dying city for years; we thrive on the High Point Market and High Point University (when it is in session), but other than that, no one in this town seems to understand what we need.
Now, I must say, I am not saying that I know what we need because honestly I don’t; however there are some things that I know we DON’T need. We don’t need to “diet” Main Street any more than it is already dieted. Just look at the old Young’s Building, the old Ham’s building (I’m talking really old, where Fat Mac’s Pork Shop recently was, since it is now closed too), and look at the buildings across from the hospital, all of which are empty.
High Point is dieted enough, so enough is enough. We need to actually bring businesses here to stay and then we can worry about sidewalks and turn lanes and all this other mumbo jumbo that Ignite High Point is talking about. While in theory the “Pit” is a good idea, it’s just not something that this city can support; who is going to pay for the security on that place when it is not in use, because in case you haven’t noticed, that is not a part of town where people really want to travel to.
Wasn’t there recently a shooting where a 14-year-old was shot in the face near there? Why would anyone want to subject themselves to that? Why don’t we spend some of this money we are using to pay someone to draw up plans and actually do something that we can be proud of and move forward with like painting some old buildings, cleaning up the streets or sidewalks?
I know my taxes are already high for the lack of service that I get from this town, and if my taxes are what will go to pay for this then I will respectfully vote against it. Wake up High Point. We need more than a traffic circle to make our town appealing and this is not the way to go about it.

Amanda Foster Anderson lives in High Point.

 

YOUR VIEW POLLS

High Point University is proposing a plan that would close Montlieu Avenue through campus and use that land to build HPU’s medical science and pharmacy school facilities. What’s your view? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com or go to hpe.com under Opinion and post a comment. Here is one response:
• Closing Montlieu for HPU is a bad idea! Most of the people that are in favor probably live on the west side of main street like most City Council members!