by Joe Long, eachnotesecure.com
If you’ve read ENS at all, you know how important independent culture is to us. And especially the independent culture surrounding record stores. Every year we frequent several stores here in the Cincinnati area, and one of them is the historic Everybodys in Pleasant Ridge. We heard the rumors last week that Walgreen’s wants to buy the corner of Ridge and Montgomery in Pleasant Ridge, and this would mean the end of Everybody’s and the Gas Light Cafe.
This is something we cannot allow to happen. Independent record stores are a part of the culture in Cincinnati that makes it so special. I’ve shopped at Everybody’s on and off for decades, and have purchased tapes, CD’s and plenty of vinyl there through the years. And it’s been a fixture in the neighborhood for 34 years. We don’t need another retail chain coming in and swallowing up the independent culture that shapes our neighborhoods. Oh yeah, did I mention another Walgreens is already just a tenth of a mile from the proposed location?
“I think it would be a great loss if we all would have to move out of the neighborhood,” – Woody Dorsey, manager of Everybody’s Records.
So, what can we do about it?
Well, the Pleasant Ridge Preservation Society, or the PRPS has a Facebook page set up to drive awareness, and that’s a start. They also recommend getting into your email and writing the following members of Cincinnati City Council.
Please write or email Cincinnati City Council and tell them you do not want the sale of these buildings to Wallgreens. Here are the email addresses for City Council. You can also pick up a prewritten letter at The Gas Light or Everybody’s Records.
So if you are a proponent of what I have laid out, show your support. Go to the Facebook page, spread it and this post, and write the council members. The time is now!
UPDATE from the PRPS
Representatives from PRPS recently left City Hall. They handed over a letter from Fr Paul of Nativity’s Parish, a copy of Pleasant Ridge Community Council’s statement, and a request of a moratorium. The request had 1,188 signatures! The people they spoke to reinforced the importance of continuing to send letters and emails to The Cincinnati City Council Members. Please continue to spread the word of what may happen, and continue to let City Council know how you feel on this matter. The fact that almost 1,200 signatures can be collected in 24 hours shows the passion our community has in Preserving Pleasant Ridge! The City Council Members email addresses are pinned to the top of this page. Use them and share them w/ your fiends and neighbors.
Reposted with permission from eachnotesecure.com