So I'm watching the local news, which is all about high-cost cleanups and demolishing blighted buildings and how the city is cracking down on new definitions of debris (now that almost two years' worth of trash has been picked up, you can actually see that there are still a lot of stranded boats on the streets, so I guess those are next in line to go...), and a Pizza Hut commercial comes on, which reminds me: There's a formerly flooded and now burned out eyesore of a Pizza Hut on Claiborne Ave. that has been part of the grim Central City scenery for so long now that I can't even remember it ever being open, but my friend told me it was indeed once a thriving business, and I just wonder, who the hell is letting it sit and rot like this? Sure, it's possible (though not likely) that it was a locally owned franchise, in which case who knows where the local owners went to after the storm (and you can hardly blame them for abandoning that particular ship). But regardless of ownership, don't the powers that be at Pizza Hut Corporate Headquarters have some interest in cleaning that place up or at least knocking it (the rest of the way) down? I mean, isn't having that familiar brick building with the red roof all boarded up like that bad for the brand? (This line of questioning, of course, extends to all the slowly rusting Golden Arches and grocery stores as well...).
I'm not naive enough to think that these companies can be shamed into cleaning up their messes or anything, but you'd think it'd be in the best interest of the company's image to deal with it. Maybe they just don't know about it. Maybe the city needs to tell them. I think I'm going to if they don't.
Here's a good point (made my someone other than myself): after all this (disingenuous) talk about the inherently transient nature of mobile taquerias, here we have a bricks and mortar building being left to rot by one of the most venerable, recognized chains in the country. Is that the kind of "commitment" Congemi is looking for, I wonder?
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