In-put from residents will be heard at a gathering scheduled at the Lincoln School, Atlantic Street, on April 28th at 5:30 p.m. This meeting is the first of a seven part process and is scheduled to take over a year to finish.
Tho I have voiced my opinion many times about spending money on “plans”, this one costing over 182 thousand dollars, when we have an “attic” full of them sitting somewhere in the City from the past, I will support anything that moves Warren off “dead center”.
In a meeting last night, Councilman Barkley made reference that it wasn’t the “negative press” that was a problem but the “negativity of many of the residents”. I would say to Mr. Barkley that just because people are “against the war” doesn’t mean they “don’t support the troops” and so it is with the City of Warren. Just because some of the residents are cautious, skeptical because of prior promises and “plans” doesn’t mean they don’t “support the troops”, or in this case the City.
In a conversation after the meeting. I was listening to several people talk about the upcoming Summer schedule for the amphitheater. It was pointed out that the majority of the “cover bands” are “geared” to the middle aged “baby boomer” and white.
I hadn’t giving much thought to the fact, except I had noticed there’s nothing to attract many of the City’s younger residents, but after reviewing the schedule I can see the point about not attracting many of our African-American residents.
I’m sure one could have found a “cover band” that did Chuck Berry or even James Brown which would appeal to all the diverse neighborhoods throughout Warren.
I hope in the future that more diversity in scheduling events becomes the norm for the Summer programs at the amphitheater.