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Monday, July 31, 2017

On Fayetteville’s Willow Heights: Preventing a social injustice

Posted By on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 12:07 PM

When my wife and I talk about selling our house and moving to a new location, we always discuss the basic amenities such a move would entail: access to the things we hold to be important in our lives. It is the very same situation facing the residents of Willow Heights, should they be forced to move to Morgan Manor.

This is not meant to demean in any way the folks from Morgan Manor, some of whom I have known over the years, but the fact that, to be honest, the folks who live at Willow Heights have access to some of the things that we like to say add to the “quality of life,” which the folks at Morgan Manor simply do not enjoy.

Despite the civic immorality of shoving poverty into one zip code (for if Willow Heights falls, can the folks from Lewis Plaza be far behind them?), the fact is that folks from Willow Heights - like their neighbors - have access not only to the Public Library, but a well-stocked grocery store, as well.

Morgan Manor?

Well, last I looked there were a couple of dollar stores within walking distance, but I have long suspected that living on a diet of food bought from such stores would be akin to the movie “Super Size Me” - how healthy might one be?

If Fayetteville allows this to happen, the quality of life for the folks in Willow Heights would diminish, and a city which once referred to itself as “The Athens of the Ozarks” should find that distasteful, to say the very least.

And as for the idea of concentrating poverty into one area of one zip code in our city? I am repulsed by the very notion.

I hope that wiser heads prevail, and the Fayetteville Housing Authority can resist the seductive blandishments from an out-of-=state developer.

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Today’s Soundtrack

Blogging in another dimension altogether today, listening to Santana’s 1973 album “Caravanserai.”

One piece in particular stands out as I think about Willow Heights:

“Look Up (To See What’s Coming Down.”

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Now on YouTube: The Willow Heights Controversy

My interview with activists Melissa Terry and Bill Reagan, as we discuss sFayetteville's Willow Heights situation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rXi66vXWGc

"On the Air with Richard S. Drake" celebrates 26 years on the air in 2017.

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Quote of the Day

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. - Will Durant

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