You can debate the quantity (how much is enough?) and quality (wreaths? stars? lights on poles or overhead?) of Main Street holiday decorations all you want.
But what you can’t debate is what the backside of downtown’s main drag — Parker Harding Plaza — looks like.
This is not the face we want to show shoppers.
A grossed-out Westporter took these photos on Sunday. She sent them to “06880,” along with these thoughts:
I know the Chamber of Commerce sponsors events to celebrate the season — carolers, carriage rides, tree lightings and a holiday mixer.
These events are fine. But they don’t contribute to a festive feeling unless you’re actually in attendance.
What matters more to most of us is what we experience day-to-day, while shopping and making our holiday preparations downtown.
Small shops that decorate storefronts are great. But with so many chains, it’s the Downtown Merchants Association and Chamber that ideally would pick up the slack.
Most of the chains are very festive inside. It’s the streetscapes that need attention.
The situation in Parker Harding is a holiday horror. It doesn’t seem to be an isolated incident. Every year there’s something similar, it seems.
If the DMA and Chamber members aren’t sure how to set the stage for holiday cheer, they could ask those of us who run around from Thanksgiving to New Year’s what we would like to keep our spirits and energy high.
Personally, I’d love to see some beautiful greenery and a few twinkling string lights. Plus trash that is well managed, open sidewalks and open parking spaces – – not torn up and blocked off with tape.
Kids selling hot cider for a good cause would be icing on the cake.
Please stop the madness that is these photographs — dumpsters, port-a-potties, closed sidewalks and blocked off parking spaces! This is no way to welcome holidaymakers!