Where's our theater?

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, May 13, 2010

The back on forth of the Senator Theater deal on York Road highlights the shortsightedness of our City Leaders by allowing the Royal Theater on Pennsylvania Avenue to be torn down. The multiple investments of city funding and support clearly illustrates that a theater is important to the cultural psyche of a local community. Why all the investment and multiple chances to succeed is being given to the seemingly insignificant and irrelevant property? It is because the City Leaders and community leaders know the importance of a cultural center in a local community. Losing your cultural markers in a local community is like losing your soul's identity. As I think about the redevelopment of Pennsylvania Avenue, serious thought must be given to developing a new cultural marker, a place for entertainment, a place for employment, and a place where our souls can be enriched once again. There is no African American Community without soul!

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