Vacant Whitewater

Homecoming is over, and this small city did all it could to emphasize progress and success. Along Main Street, during Homecoming, there was, if I recall correctly, a white banner that read, “How Does Whitewater Look to You?” I may not have the question just right, but the essence is clear enough.

Not everyone who lives in Whitewater would have answered that question the way the festival organizers might have hoped. I well understand the need for promoting the best of the city, but considering some of our many economic challenges, there’s irony in that question. Whitewater looked good during Homecoming, unless you traveled around all of Whitewater.

Here’s what people on trolley rides through the downtown might have missed. (Some of these locations have been empty for years.)

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