Thanks to the foresight of our city leaders and the generosity of the taxpayers, Cedar Rapids is experiencing a major infrastructure upgrade.
Unfortunately, the upgrades are creating bottlenecks along many of our thoroughfares which appear to be having a negative impact on our business community. People are either avoiding these construction zones or they are loath to stop since it is so hard to get in and out of driveways and parking areas.
I think we owe it to these businesses, many of which are locally owned and/or locally operated, to make an extra effort to patronize them. After all, that car wash not only cleans your vehicle, but provides jobs to some of the least skilled members of the workforce. That ice cream stand not only provides cooling summertime treats, it also provides jobs for our high school and college students. What would we do without the corner florist that is always there to meet our needs including a flower for Mother’s Day or a colorful Christmas corsage?
A couple of years from now we will be whizzing down pothole free streets and it would be a shame if our travels took us past rows of shuttered shops that could not stand the loss of business. Let’s prove that we don’t need a government program for this. Let’s just pitch in, put up with a few minutes of inconvenience and prove that in the 21st Century, on the banks of the Cedar River, neighbor still can help out neighbor.
Mitchell A. Levin