On My Soapbox: It was nice to see

Members of the Welfare Workers Club were in attendance and participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Dickey-Givens Community Center.

On Wednesday, the city held an official groundbreaking for the new Dickey-Givens Community Center. The building will be in Fannie Robinson Park near the pavilion. This is the site that was once occupied by The Chicken Shack.

We’ve followed this story from the beginning of discussions a few years ago all the way to the groundbreaking event last week. We will continue to follow the construction and hopefully a ribbon cutting when it opens.

It was nice to see members of the Welfare Workers Club at the event. The organization owns the lease to the current community center building. These ladies are in their 70s, 80s and 90s, so it was great to see them at this event.

It was not only great to see them there, but to see them participate in the groundbreaking. They each held a shovel and made their way to the dirt mound to help during the ceremonious event.

It was also great to hear Mrs. Leslie Hill say, “I feel good about what’s getting ready to happen, and if we can get the city council and city management to work with us, maybe we can keep that building right up there on that corner."

I think most people know how important and historic that building is, and they want to make sure that it stays a staple in the community of south Taylor.

I hope something can be done to salvage the historic building. It doesn’t matter if it gets renovated and used the same way or turned into a local museum, as long as it gets taken care of and used.

It was nice to see city administration, city officials, firefighters and developers at the event. They all probably had something else they could have been doing, but they felt it was important to be there and show support for this project.

However, there was something that was not nice to see – the lack of people from the south Taylor community. I speak on this quite often and I hope that eventually things will change.

There is always such negativity about what happens for south Taylor, but when something epic – like a new community center – happens, there is not much visible support. Don’t get me wrong, there were a handful of people from the community, but not many. It was the usual group that shows up to most events similar to this.

It’s nice to see people stand up and show support for what they believe is important. It’s even nicer to see them show up and enhance that support.

It’s nice to see how things take shape when that happens.

It’s not so nice to see complaining online and no one in person.

I’m going to get off my soapbox now and maybe go see Bad Boys for Life. Then I’m going to stretch so I can run and get good photos of the MLK march again this year.

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."

– Coretta Scott King

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