- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
- Jury finds Harris guilty of murder, 3 other counts (9/15/17)4
- Former major-league slugger Darryl Strawberry to speak at La Croix (9/20/17)
- Young entrepreneurs add fresh ideas, unique offerings for area market (9/18/17)
Examples of downtown revivals
To the editor:Why compare Cape Girardeau's and Paducah, Ky.'s riverfront downtowns when you can stay in-state and get a much more accurate picture? I have lived in three Missouri River cities (Cape, Washington and St. Charles) and near two others (Hermann and Jefferson City). Cape long ago abandoned her downtown, whereas these other cities, once they realized what they were losing, fought to reclaim, revitalize and, most importantly, re-establish their riverfront heritage.
I am not speaking as an outsider here. During the 1970s when Cape's downtown was in its death throes, I owned a house on Fountain Street between Independence Street and Broadway and worked for Montgomery Ward.
I don't have a solution. If bars and antique shops are the best that downtown Cape can do, then so be it. But, and just maybe, if the city gave financial incentives to people or organizations who possess the gift of hand and mind -- sculptors and painters, smiths and potters, coopers and glassblowers -- then downtown Cape might undergo a true renaissance.
Think of Clarksville, or Bonnots Mill, or Blackwater. Check them out. Many river towns in Missouri, much smaller than Cape, have become art colonies. This is not rocket science. Nor is it the whole city, just the core -- the heart -- Louis Lorimier's Red House and a few friends.
And there, up on the hill, is a university that might just share, support and help develop your vision.
STEVEN C. PARSONS, Marble Hill, Mo.