July 26th, 2010

The importance of open-mindedness

So, earlier this evening, I saw RB for the first time in a few months. Among the many things we discussed was this very blog, and my lack of keeping up with it. I mentioned that I had a post in mind that would have special significance to him, and so now I write it.

Here are four pictures of roughly the same location in Northport, with dates shown below each:
August 19, 2006 (103 days before).December 24, 2008 (755 days after).
May 10, 2009 (892 days after).July 16, 2010 (1324 days after).

It's been over three and a half years since All Star Video closed*, and no business has yet decided to locate there. In fact, as you can see above, the place looks essentially unchanged from the picture of fourteen months ago and the one from earlier this month. I'm not going to get into the details of the terms here, but suffice to say that the landlord made a take-it-or-leave-it offer, the proprietor left it, and the unit has been vacant ever since. Had some negotiation or compromise been possible, All Star might still be in operation today. But instead, the landlord is deprived of revenue, and the community is deprived of a well-liked and locally owned and operated business. It's too bad all around.

* The "before" and "after" captions are in reference to November 30, 2006, All Star Video's last day of operations.