Bullies Not Welcome Here
It’s unfortunate that during serious civic debates, some parties choose to resort to the age-old tactic of bullying. Specifically, in the neighborhood debates about development, construction, liquor and entertainment and the qualities that most enhance a neighborhood’s livability, some continue to try and bully their neighbors with the epithet N***Y.
As we’ve noted before, there is no difference between slinging that term at someone and walloping them with some other collective slur. The terms are repellent, they exist solely to intimidate through power, and are simply unacceptable.
Too bad, then, that some new voices from outside the neighborhood have picked up the bully mantle once again. In their effort to build their vision of a most livable, 21st Century city, they seek to limit, or even prohibit, local voices in having a say in how to shape what their immediate neighborhood is, and what it will become.
To all those who want a more “livable” city: we stand with you. Livable in all its sense: in neighborhoods that provide daytime business, encourage local merchants of all sorts and nurture all the amenities that give a neighborhood its character.
We’ll go a step further, as we have for two years: all those wishing to see more entertainment establishments throughout our city – particularly in those areas where they are few and far between – then your fight is our fight. There are still too many areas throughout our city where residents wish for a walking distance life: a decent, fresh grocery, a good wine store, a tailor, a couple pubs, a theater and the rest.
So, the very best way to encourage exactly that city-wide development where it’s most needed is to support the 14th and U liquor temporary moratorium. Proprietors and business people aren’t going to simply stop opening establishments throughout the city because one small area said: “Slow it up.” Just the opposite: under-developed areas, which are often cheaper, will become more appealing and new ventures will begin. Win-win.
However, if you simply want another area of your city – someplace that literally isn’t your backyard, and not where you live – to host all the bars and nightclubs you crave because it’s just so convenient, and in so doing take away the real neighbors’ voice in giving thumbs up or thumbs down, then that’s not civil. It’s disrespectful.
More over, if you’re so bankrupt of actual arguments and assertions that you have to resort to name-calling, then you are a bully.
Bullys are not welcome in our neighborhood. Bullies like to hide, call names, and generally behave in an arrogant and smug manner.
There’s only one way to stand down a bully, and that’s by standing up.
So, for the 100th time, we welcome a civil debate about the merits and faults of a temporary liquor moratorium in this neighborhood. All voices are welcome as long as they’re respectful. But those voices that try and silence those who live here are not welcome, now or ever.