It seems there are folks there who want to "preserve" something called the Cambria district for what could be a "quaint commercial area" and, it must then follow, preserve the crumbling building that goes along with it.
I say: More power to 'em.
In the sane world however, opportunities abound. Let's go to By-God West Virginia:
One town's loss another's gain$2.7 million would go a long way in the many towns and villages in this area. It might even be used to tear down eyesores in blighted "historic" districts.
By Jen Haberkorn, The Washington Times
Fayetteville, W.Va. — Mayor James Akers was watching his town "die."
The coal industry's demise had bruised Fayetteville, a town of 2,655 in the mountains of southern West Virginia. Tourists going to the picturesque New River Gorge helped a bit during the summer, but there was nothing to keep them around. There wasn't much else to pump money and life into the town.
That changed in 2006, when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Lowe's Cos. Inc. came to town. The combination became a shopping destination, right off U.S. Route 19, pulling in sales-tax revenue and filling the town's restaurants and shops.
The town's budget nearly quadrupled from $700,000 to $2.7 million since fiscal 2005, Mr. Akers said. He attributes a large part of that increase to the presence of the two big-box stores. (link)
The bottom line: Folks in Fayetteville prosper while those in Christiansburg fight over a crumbling structure.
Wal-Mart has a slogan, by the way, that seems apropos:
"Save money, live better."
Works for me.
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* A special note to investors and soon-to-be retirees: Lots on and near Summersville Lake, just north of Fayetteville, are going fast. And not all are yet at premium prices. Bargains are still to be had, if you search them out.
Seems a lot of people with disposable income - including retirees - are attracted to the area's bustling economy and growth opportunities.