- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)7
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
Cape too late on historic options
Whither now "historic" Cape Girardeau? Grind your gears toward the future? Smooth out the human bumps? Or lurk in stasis until you can salvage your bric-a-brac for the bed-and-breakfast set? Shame on you, Cape Girardeau, for coming to the party far too late. What about the treasures you could have salvaged but didn't?
I worked in downtown Cape Girardeau. I lived downtown. I owned a home that is now an art gallery. And I witnessed the destruction of the once vibrant Main-and-Broadway district while the community wizards of wisdom wizened commerce to the west side.
I saw J.C. Penney's leave, Sears slink sunward, Otasco fold, Woolworth collapse and Ward's die.
I have lived in St. Charles with its wonderful historic district. I have lived in Washington, Mo., with its nearly intact, vibrant, heritage-focused downtown. And, for nearly a decade, I lived just a few miles south of Hermann, Mo., one of the most historic sites in Missouri -- a community that long ago embraced a heritage that Cape Girardeau, if it had chosen, could have also rightfully claimed.
Shame on you, Cape Girardeau. Shame on you for pretending that you care. Otherwise I would applaud your arrogance.
STEVEN C. PARSONS, Marble Hill, Mo.