Archive for Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Junk yards’ need to go

June 21, 2000

While it may be true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, junk is junk, no matter how you look at it. Baldwin is being hampered in its beautification efforts because of junk not construction related, either stacked along the city's entry ways.

The Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce has instituted a "Beauty Baldwin" program and several efforts are under way as a part of it. Fund-raising for signage to greet people at the entrances to the city is ongoing. The Chamber's "Yard of the Week" designation has also been a success and points out many of the beautiful locations around town.

But, there's a problem.

As good as those Chamber efforts are, it's like fighting a losing battle because of junky locations along U.S. Highway 56 that have been greeting Baldwin residents and visitors for years. It's time for that to change.

When entering Baldwin from the west, the beauty of the Three Sisters Inn paints an impressive welcome mat. Unfortunately, it doesn't last long.

Once past the inn, junk laden yards and other locations quickly rob the feeling that this is a beautiful town. The construction along U.S. 56 doesn't help, either, but it will be gone in time. It would be nice if the "junk yards" would leave with orange construction barrels.

Unfortunately, that's not likely to happen. The locations have been in disrepair for years and owners have shown no sign of caring to clean up. And almost as bad, the U.S. 56 crowd isn't alone. There are numerous other "junk yards" around Baldwin.

It's time Baldwin residents said "enough." Complain to the city staff, complain to the mayor, complain to city council members and complain to anyone who will listen. Complain to the owners of the eyesore locations, but chances are that won't do much good. It will take action to get something done.

It's time that process got started.

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