Originally created 07/13/01

Augusta needs to restore historic areas

How pleased I was to read your recent editorial, "Fix it, already!" (July 3). As a resident of Olde Towne, I was beginning to think no one cared about downtown or Olde Towne.

I am a retiree who lives on Greene Street in a 1902 Victorian, fully restored with 12-foot ceilings, seven working fireplaces, jacuzzi baths and a formal garden - a house that in Charleston or Savannah would sell for a minimum of $500,000.

What is the matter with Augustans? They've turned their backs on their heritage. Are they going to let the Houghton School go the way of the Bon Air? The burned out house next to the school has stayed the same for one year, despite all of our efforts to have the property maintenance codes enforced.

I am fortunate I can walk away from beautiful Greene Street. Renting during the Masters will pay my mortgage. Do people want this to happen to their city? The city should be restored. The artists and restaurateurs of Broad Street have invested not only their money but their hearts. Is the government of Augusta going to continue to look the other way?

Please continue to keep Augustans informed.

Terry Downs Cresci, Augusta

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