Your View: Inaction caused the Kilby to fall

Jun. 11, 2014 @ 08:04 PM

You knew it was bound to happen. I was pretty sure it was going to happen. City manager, Strib Boynton, said last year it was going to happen. Well Tuesday night in a violent thunderstorm, it happened. Part of the 100+ year old Kilby Hotel finally collapsed. And then on Wednesday afternoon, more of the structure fell. Thank God, no one was hurt; or were they?

I suggest the entire community was hurt. Not physically, but through the loss of this historic structure; the place of stories and legends of the jazz artists, entertainers and statesmen who performed and stayed there during the years of segregation that this community and country endured.

What exactly killed the Kilby Hotel? Inaction! Yes, inaction on the part of the city leaders, inaction on the members of this community who could have afforded to graciously step up financially to save the Kilby for future generations of High Pointers. Everyone seemed to have pointed their fingers at the "other guy" and said it's their responsibility, but not mine.

It really doesn't take much, does it, to "connect the dots" right back to inaction and stonewalling on part of City Council to help move High Point forward in its revitalization efforts?

As the famous Saturday Night Live comedian, Lilly Tomlin said, "I always thought somebody should do something about that, then I realized that I was somebody."

I'm afraid it's too late for the Kilby Hotel, but it's not too late for High Point. You/we are somebody, let's do something about this now.

RICHARD WOOD
High Point


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