- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)6
- Japanese restaurant up and running; owner surprised by fondness of sushi here (2/24/17)
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)18
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)48
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)13
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.