Seeking Another Way for Wayside (8/21/08)
It appears Wayside Christian Mission would like to relocate to the old Mercy Academy Building on East Broadway. Many area residents oppose the idea.
It would be easy to dismiss their gripes as the old "Not in my back yard" syndrome. But that might not be the case here.
This residential area has already put up with more than its share of parking and other problems caused by the many bars and restaurants along the Baxter Avenue corridor. And while I'm glad such a vital dining and entertainment area exists, there's no question it puts a strain on its neighbors.
Adding another facility that would bring hundreds more people to this already-dense area just might be asking too much.
Of course, until recently the now-vacant building already was a high school that served hundreds of students. But that was different, because they arrived every morning and were pretty much all gone by late afternoon -- having little or no effect on the evening environment.
But Wayside's 24-hour-a-day operation would be quite a different kind of neighbor than a high school.
I'm not saying Wayside itself would be an offensive or objectionable neighbor. But I can understand why people living in an area that's already bursting at the seams might think there are wiser options.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View