This corner was the cornerstone of my social and networking life when I first moved to Charlotte. I shopped Black Sheep with my nephew. Southend Food Truck Friday served as a weekly dining out with friends. I danced hard to whistle blows and on baby powder at Dharma across the street. Days and nights spent at Common Market having beers, dances, egg salad sandwiches, wine, coffee, hugs, laughs and in depth conversations. Modern Fabrics supported my sewing and design needs. My stomach, soul, heart and head were constantly fed in a small radius of this block. .
Now sits this building that is not connected to the energy born and nurtured by the community at these places. I believe in progress, but I strongly feel that progress can occur without dispersing the collective energy developed in this space. Local government and big business has lost sight of the needs of community for the mighty dollar. .
These businesses were not given assistance in relocation. They are now dispersed in other parts of Charlotte. Food Truck Friday now occurs in spaces well known for ostracizing people of color and LGBTQIA. The original location was a neutral space welcoming to all. As soon as this community finds another space to assemble, it closes once more to the same progress. I wish local government would develop a focus on building and maintaining communities rather than breaking them down due to "progress." Who is really benefitting from this progression? Not the community, businesses and energy fostered here.