I am a former North Ender born and raised there. My entire family is either still living there or in the surrounding suburbs (and none of them are opposing anything). My grandparents came to the North End 100 years ago and quickly bought their own building where they lived all their lives. Luckily, I was smart enough to leave the North End when I was very young. Seeing the video of the opposition to a Starbucks opening seems so closed minded and childish. The people who spoke out against are people I know and/or grew up with and it’s sad to see that although the years have been physically kind to them, they have not accepted the reality that all places and things evolve. It’s called GROWTH.
This country was built on every type of freedom imaginable and now some people want to force their close minded biases on someone trying to open a business? Only when you are out of the narrow tunnel vision of the North End and see how other communities all over this country thrive on diverse businesses can you see the folly of trying to deny someone else the opportunity to open a business in a neighborhood because you claim some false narrative or moral righteousness.
Let’s face it, the North End is NOT what it was when I was growing up (99% Italian). What I see now on your site would have never been allowed during those years. But 2018 is a different time in evolution. Today, it’s only the “Italian” section of Boston in name only. So what’s the beef with all these people against a coffee shop wanting to open? We talk about discrimination, etc. every day in this country. How is what these people opposing Starbucks are doing NOT a form of discrimination either economic discrimination or a federal violation of someone’s civil rights? Isn’t this opposition a form of discrimination in any shape? Of course it is. None of these people opposing “own” the North End and for the life of me cannot figure out where they have the right to oppose anything especially when a lot of them go home at the end of the day to other parts of Boston.
Looking in from the outside really let’s you see how petty and ridiculous these antiquated positions are. Time stands still for no one or no place, even for the North End. Times have changed and trying to hold the North End to what it formerly was is like trying to hold back the tide during a hurricane. It’s just sad to see this folly go on.
If I were someone who was denied permission to open a business in the North End because of a non valid reason and one based on discrimination, every one of them would be hit with a federal discrimination lawsuit. Maybe that’s what someone with courage should do instead of letting other people claim some false moral indignation or trying to preserve the unpreserveable. Instead, all parties opposed should be grateful for the buckets of money they made and continue to make and should not worry about a coffee shop opening down the street.
I’m sure not one person opposing Starbucks is on welfare, SSI or living in Section 8 housing, thank God, so what’s the problem, they will make $1 or $2 less? Will they lose their homes or their business and be on the street panhandling if Starbucks opens? Come one, think about it people.
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