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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Overheard on Gottingen

Posted on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Overheard on Gottingen on Saturday night: "It's not worth going there...all they have is rice-a-roni and Chef Boyardee type stuff." The man speaking these words was stepping into an expensive restaurant and he was referring to a new community-oriented shop that opened a few doors away. I was annoyed by what he said because it is simply not true and smacks of privilege and ignorance. This isn't a bitch, though, it's a message of love for a our city and a special street—Gottingen—that continues to be diverse, inclusive and satisfying on so many levels. We should all take time to explore its nooks and crannies, its businesses new and old. But we should also recognize that many of the community resources, services and people that have called the street home, for far longer than wealthy folks have been parking their SUVs by its curbs, are an important part of what makes it great. —Nighttime eavesdropper

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