Town 'N Country diverse, not dumpy
I found Marlene Sokol's column regarding the proposed soccer stadium in Town 'N Country, shall we say, a bit demeaning. Remarks about "no fine arts museum," "burglar bars," "fast food restaurants" and "food stamps" sounded a little elitist to me.
Let's be real.
Town 'N Country is a diverse neighborhood of culture and income. My wife and I are professionals. My next-door neighbor is a carpenter. And the postman lives at the end of our street. Your portrayal of our community as some crime-ridden slum is a bit unfair.
Granted, we have our problems with crime, traffic, foreclosures, etc. We are by no means perfect.
But on the other side, I and my neighbors in Twelve Oaks take pride in our homes and the neighborhood environment. We have an active civic association. Have you been to our neighborhood on Christmas Eve, when we put out our luminarias? You should check us out.
We are especially proud of our new community center and library on Paula Drive. No, we are not a well-planned or manicured community like Westchase or New Tampa. They have their community center; we have our strip malls. I get it. But we as a community are trying to improve. It's just a little hard to notice it when folks are blowing through Hanley and Waters at 50 mph.
Back to the stadium issue. I (and, apparently, the County Commission) didn't see this as an enhancement to our community.
Too close to residential, already too much congestion on Waters and Benjamin, parking wasn't addressed — we can go on and on. Bottom line: Would a stadium make our "hood" better? I think not.
I, too, would be bummed if another McDonald's ended up on that corner, but if so, please don't hold it against us.
Charles Hill, Town 'N Country