I was thinking how great that one block downtown on Seventh Avenue looks with all those new signs and ancient ones... plus the window with all the duct tape has been replaced. The downtown looks like something now. It was looking pretty bleak and in need of some livening up. Wouldn’t it be great if we just left it the way it is now, if the movie company doesn’t want those signs back? It would add character and maybe Custom Creations would get onboard, too, then we would have a complete block going back in time for tourists and ourselves.
If I were wealthy I would give you a cheque to brighten up the downtown and do some sandblasting, plus a couple of murals...the downtown certainly needs to be livened up. But, alas, I’m not wealthy or even close to it...no money from me except that $25 towards a tornado siren.
If the movie company is just going to chuck the signs, then maybe we could keep them and add some character to our downtown. The signs are really secured to the buildings and aren’t going to drop on heads.
The businesses could just put their names on their glass windows...and leave the movie signs.
Anyhow, that is an idea which you folks could talk about before the movie company takes them all down.
What about the barber shop? Surely someone would want to rent that, since it’s all brand new and aged on purpose.
This movie event could bring new life to Virden’s downtown and give people a reason to come to Virden to do shopping and tour.
Well, that’s what I’ve got to say...so, I hope that you consider this idea...but something has to be done about the downtown in Virden.
Kel Smith... A long-time Virden resident who loves the place.