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Friday, August 14, 2020

One of my former homes -- for all of two weeks -- is being torn down and it breaks my heart.

The Motel 6, where I lived for two weeks in May, is being razed and replaced with expensive student housing.

The reason it breaks my heart is that a little community had formed at Motel 6 and I was fortunate enough to be part of it for a short time.

It was a home for the dispossessed, struggling and castoffs of society. Yet everyone I met their maintained dignity. Run well and tightly by manager Don and his staff, it was a kind of haven for those having a tough time but who sought safety and cleanliness.

I honestly don't know what I would have done without the Motel 6 in my transition from living at work to finding a friend with a guest house. My initial thoughts about living there included ideas about writing the stories of the outrageous characters I met. But they were regular folks, just as I was, trying to make the best of their lives.

Everyone I met, from visitors to staff, were absolutely respectful to those on the property. I cannot say the same of people who hold high office in some of our local institutions. 

And so Bloomington has erased one of its few remaining transitional housing opportunities. I don't blame the owners of Motel 6 as they likely received a great offer on the property. And city council members really can't turn down developers so long as they follow zoning rules, lest they face lawsuits.

But Bloomington leaders need a more solid plan for those on the edges of society.

They just lost one of a few remaining lifelines.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Peace and respect to you my brothers and sisters.

1 comment:

  1. Policies, laws, programs at local, state, and federal levels have an impact on lives of the homeless, but if you don’t vote, you have no voice in what those policies, laws, and programs will be.