I live in the Downtown area of Covington and in January of this year, in CityBeat, I wrote about My Downtown Covington Normal. Some people didn’t like what I had to say, but I stand by every damn word of that column. Honestly, I do—Mayor Steve Frank (Correction: Steve Frank is not the Mayor – he’s a Commissioner).
Over at the Covington News Facebook Page, which linked that column to their site, Frank called me “a crank,” implying that I didn’t know what I was talking about. In a response to his comment, I replied that I’m talking about Downtown Covington. I’m not sure what the other areas are like. You know, I don’t live there.
In Downtown Covington, the people getting in and out of prison, the stray cats, the ladies on the corner, the drug addiction, the empty storefronts—it’s all true. I also wrote about the friendly people living downtown. That’s true too.
In that CityBeat piece, I wrote about the “Shopping Cart Parade,” about all those people with their carts walking up to Madison Avenue early in the morning. At the time I wrote the story, I wasn’t aware of the food pantries on and past that street. That’s where a lot of those people with utility carts are going. I thought I should mention that here.
Here and on Facebook, I’ve written a lot of posts about that bus bench in front of Walgreens. It’s always a good source for material, but Commissioner Chuck Eilerman, being as nice as he could be on Facebook, suggested I “branch out” and write about other areas in Covington—the better things the city has to offer.
Commissioner Eilerman, that’s all well and good and I have written about other neighborhoods in Covington, but again, in restating what I told Mayor Frank, I don’t live in these neighborhoods. I don’t live in Kenton Hills, MainStrasse, or Austinburg. I live Downtown. I write about what I know and besides, I like that bus bench in front of Walgreens. It’s one of the best places in the world to people watch.
So let me begin year No. 3 here. At the end of January, I moved to another apartment building in Covington—a better place. I didn’t move back to Clifton or Westwood over in Cincinnati. I’m gonna stay right where I am. That should tell you all something. I’m in for the long haul.
(Photo from flickr.com)