Kokomo Convenience Store

Page one, Wednesday, September 12, the Kokomo Tribune: “Board OKs gas pumps.”
The article that followed was yet another description of “What Scott Pitcher wants, Scott Pitcher gets!”

There is absolutely no need for another convenience store in this area, let alone one at an already difficult intersection where there is one gasoline service station on the diagonal corner. This is a residential area of single family, owner occupied homes. There are convenience stores already located a few blocks to the north and south of the intersection of Washington and Boulevard Streets and at least two on Webster Street a couple of blocks over. I doubt it would be an “inconvenience” for anyone to drive those blocks in any direction.

This is purely another case of follow the money. Just look at the manipulation it has taken already to get this far. It is not a case of improving the city let alone the neighborhood. I strongly believe the Kokomo Plan Commission made a lousy decision. This type of development in this location will definitely be a negative. I hope the Kokomo Common Council has the sense to say no. The area should stay residential with the limited commercial activity already in the area. This time the representatives of the people should tell Pitcher to look elsewhere.

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About Kent Blacklidge Ph.D.

As part of a newspaper family who owned a 34,000 daily newspaper in the heart of the Midwest, I have a passion for a strong “Fourth Estate”, the press. Without a diligent and assertive free press, the power would be taken from the people. People have the absolute right to know. After earning a degree in Industrial Management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue, I spent over 20 years in newspaper management with several as publisher. I am also holder of three graduate science degrees including a Ph.D.. I have a passionate interest in science and the environment. I have little tolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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