I too don't feel progress automatically or inevitably comes from the incessant destruction of landmarks and the erection of 'mixed use' characterless nesting grounds for exclusive residents. The code for exclusive these days is captured for me every time I here statements like: "We finally don't have to have a gun to walk downtown, it would be nice to think we wouldn't need a tetanus shot and or a hard hat to walk past Liberty Warehouse to the Food Truck events and to Motorco etc".
Right ... why should character and history interfere with your rights to diversion and entertainment.
When I came to Durham in 2001 The Know Bookstore was one of the first places I visited and I continue to do so as often as I can. This notion of a landlord having omnipotent power over what happens in a community is problematic and the idea that this is a 'private matter' is equally troubling. We are talking about community and community institutions. I think when it suits some they invoke terms like community, and civic concern. But when something or someone stands in the way of them making more money, the community suddenly is redefined to fit their purposes. Whenever I have visitors from other countries (Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, etc.,) I always take them through the Know because the store attracts a range of community folks - all classes, all ages, and all political orientations. Bruce has never asked for a nickel, never demanded compensation and has always kept his doors, and arms open. That is what community really means. He has my full support for this reason -- -- Hopefully the community will come out and show they appreciate his years of service and devotion to a part of the city many others have abandoned, neglected or ignored.
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