Our view: Starting anew

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Craig Editorial Board, Jan. 14, 2009, to April 2009

  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Joshua Roberts, newspaper representative
  • Collin Smith, newspaper representative
  • Marianna Raftopoulos, community representative
  • Luke Schafer, community representative
  • John Smith, community representative
  • Lois Wymore, community representative

Our view

With winter fading, it's time to start thinking about cleaning up Craig.

As the snow, ice and cold temperatures of winter continue the annual fade into spring moisture, blue skies and longer days of sunshine, time grows closer to a traditional rite of a new season: spring cleaning.

Clearing the clutter and starting the season anew is a revitalizing act for people and businesses alike, as well as communities as a whole.

And make no mistake; our community could use some revitalizing, even after the mildest of Northwest Colorado winters.

Keeping up appearances or, better yet, improving upon them, is a necessity for a community, the Editorial Board believes.

A clean city gives residents a sense of pride.

It provides tourists with a good first impression.

It can bring out-of-towners back for more visits in the future or give them enough reason to relocate.

Some areas of our city simply do not improve our community's appearance.

East Craig, toward the city's boundary on U.S. Highway 40, is one such area. A visitor's first introduction in that area isn't bound to be a good one.

Dirt mounds, desolate ground, run-down buildings, old junk - these are just a few things people will notice.

However, that first impression doesn't have to be the lasting image.

If that same visitor travels further into town, he or she will run into a business area that has the potential to be quite nice.

Some businesses are doing their part.

There are businesses whose owners make a concerted effort to keep their storefronts neat and sidewalks swept.

They realize they're part of a bigger picture. These businesses complement those around them, and Craig can't ever have enough of them.

To these businesses, board members say thank you.

But they're almost equaled in number by businesses that do little to maintain a quality appearance. To these, the board members ask for a renewed effort as the weather gets warmer.

And the same story applies to residences.

Until Craig begins cleaning up the mess - all of the mess - everyone in the community will suffer from the same sporadic appearance our town has now.

We all can contribute to making our community a little nicer.

With a new season coming upon us, the Editorial Board can't think of a better time to start.

Comments

als362 5 years, 7 months ago

I agree that this mees needs to be cleaned up. This type of action needs to take place in the residential areas of the county as well. People that come here, see all the junk that some people keep on their properties, and this does have an effect on their decision to stay here or leave.

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redneckgirl 5 years, 7 months ago

Dirt mounds east of Craig are called Gravel Pits.

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Citezensforgrowth 5 years, 7 months ago

How about the dirt mound that passes as a sidewalk in front of Elk river inn? This has been this way since the 1970s. Maybe we should use some of the money for the rec center and gym to take care of it.

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als362 5 years, 7 months ago

I said exactly that the last time there was a debate here about the rec center idiocy. There are many places in the city that do not have sidewalks forcing people to walk in the streets and deal with the traffic on the street.
I do think that junk and trash ordinances, with provisions for enforcement are a necessary tool to keep communities looking in a manner that will support new businesses coming into town. Few companies will want to bring their business to a city that looks like a dirty mess all the time.

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