Taking a closer look

Now there’s a question. This week’s Daily Review poll question asks voters to choose among five Bradford County features to recommend to tourists first. All of the choices are good, viable and there is honor in choosing any one of them as a favorite.

The real question, though, is what do tourists see in getting to and among those places? Deteriorated downtowns. Empty unkempt storefronts, especially including the 11,000-square-foot Ben Franklin building adjacent to the county seat courthouse in Towanda. Shabby remnants of better years gone by, such as worn and tired planters that could be straightened and repainted and often harbor trash. Gross outdated political and sales signage. You get the idea.

But where is the drive and leadership for basic “pick up, paint up, plant up” to set and maintain standards for fundamental community appearances. Does it lie with the county? With individual boroughs and townships? With the tourism commission? With code enforcement departments? With planning commissions and beautification committees? With the chambers of commerce, realtors, service clubs, the United Way or the news media, including The Daily Review itself? What? Who? And when? It’s past time for one or more of these entities to step up to the plate, but it’s never too late to do so.

Marguerite Fox Picou