by Michael Lowrey
Charlotte’s changing. And more to the point, Plaza Midwood is changing. Some people who hang out there or (especially) live there don’t like that. Which is why there’s now an online petition against rezoning the property on Central Avenue that currently contains Tommy’s Pub, Backstage Vintage Apparel, and a couple of apartments upstairs to allow a larger 97-apartment development with more retail on the site.
All I can say is good luck with that. Merely because something is old doesn’t automatically make it worth saving. I’ve been in that building, and I really don’t see much value in leaving it as is. Perhaps the most obnoxious sort of sense of entitlement comes from those that move into an area and then seek to keep others from moving there, and there’s some of that at play here as well.