I do not want to discuss whether or not there should be a bar on Elm St. What I want to discuss is the negative rhetoric the opposition has chosen to make their case against it. If you listen to what they say, they paint a picture where, if the restaurant goes in, the neighboring houses will become rental properties, the streets will “turn,” becoming “what McEwen St. was 20 years ago,” and “what happened to Orchard St. when Mitchell Corners went in,” and ultimately bringing the demise to the whole Village of Warwick.
I am a renter. Many of my friends and neighbors are renters. Myself and others rent and plan to rent long-term: six years, eight years, some as long as 12 years and even longer. We work locally and we volunteer our free time with local churches and civic organizations and we all treat our neighbors with kindness and hospitality. We are all invested in our community and we are caring citizens, no different than others who own houses.
I understand your struggle, to feel that you have no control in this situation, but you have no right to paint renters in a bad light. We work just as hard to live here as you do.