I'm sorry to see two more houses coming down in Union Springs across from the Piggly Wiggly shopping center. They aren't grand houses but they do contribute to the overall townscape, providing continuity along E. Conecuh Avenue.

It is unfortunate that the remaining houses along that part of the street have reached the point of slum tenements. And a little farther east on Conecuh is the drug and alcohol element at the corner of Ellis Street.

Another recent loss along E. Conecuh is the little Tudor-style house across from Subway. Not a grand mansion to be sure, but a house with some architectural grace that provided continuity to the townscape and relief for sore eyes at the corner of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Conecuh.

If we're not careful, the old homes that attract folks to Union Springs are going to be demolished as they fall into disrepair and become uninhabitable--even to the poorest in the community.

I understand an American Deli outlet will be built on the two residential lots across from Piggly Wiggly.

That's another fast food chain which means more styrofoam and plastic containers to be tossed out on the roadways of Bullock County. The right of ways are already overflowing garbage pits.

Does this kind of environment attract people to Union Springs?

Gregg Swem

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