May 7, 2013
Itís been a good week for the city of Sedalia.
Last Wednesday was the 14th anniversary of Sedaliaís public transportation system ó a series of familiar white buses collectively called what people would probably call them even if it wasnít printed on the side of each one: ďThe Bus.Ē
Social mobility, the ability to improve oneís lot in life, is one of the things that we pride ourselves on here in America and the first step towards social mobility is just regular mobility. The Bus is for everyone and it affords people the opportunity to do things that they wouldnít be able to do otherwise, or at least wouldnít be able to do as frequently. People can now travel to any store they like and find the absolute best deal available. They can finally make it to the dentist to get that sore mouth looked at. They can get to the courthouse and file that paperwork.
And that date came complete with the grand idea that The Bus would soon extend its routes and serve even more of Sedalia. Soon the whole city will be available to everyone, even those who canít drive for one reason or another, for a fair fee of $1.50. It is refreshing to hear that the people behind The Bus arenít going to finance their upgrades by increasing their rates. There are too many service providers who just jack up the bill for any reason at all instead of looking for internal fat to cut.
Iíve rode on The Bus a time or two ó the drivers are friendly and about as punctual as they could be at the helm of something as occasionally unpredictable as public transportation. And if you like gossip, thereís probably no finer place in all of Sedalia. People seem to genuinely like the experience because Iíve heard multiple people confess to getting on just to ride it around the route a time or two.
Iíve written in this column before about how a wider bus route would be a positive thing for the community and Iím excited that it finally seems to be happening. Hereís to 14 more years and even more after that.
Last week also saw the opening of the east side satellite recycling location. They told you they were working on it. I told you they were working on it.
Yes, eastern Sedalia recyclers and Sedline callers, there are now two homes of those big red bins that take your glass, newspaper, cardboard and metal.
Here in the town of tomorrow weíve got two whole sites to deposit your recyclables. All right, so itís not yet curbside pickup, but it is something.
We need to show our gratitude by filling those bins up ó it would be a real shame to hear all that noise about some east side recycling bins if we arenít going to use them. And we need to make sure that weíre putting an emphasis on depositing our soda cans because thatís still the most profitable thing to recycle and the one that partly subsidizes the processing of the other materials.
I always figured that the eventual east side bins would end up in the parking lot of Woodís Supermarket ó itís centrally located, highly trafficked, and convenient. I was reasonably close. The bins are just across the street from Smith-Cotton Junior High School, in a little space that used to be additional parking space for the students. But when a high school becomes junior there arenít quite as many students who can drive so you donít need quite so many spaces ó leaving a convenient space for a few recycling bins.
And there is one more reason for those of us who make our homes on the eastern side of Sedville to rejoice. It was originally a Safeway, and then it became Woods Supermarket and then for a few years, it was largely an empty space that occasionally played host to a rummage sale, but soon that very same space will be home to a CVS Pharmacy. Which is slightly strange, seeing as how it is nowhere near the cityís existing Walgreenís location like most new CVS establishments are.
Sure, I would have liked to have seen them preserve the stylish Marina-style roof and the building that propped it up because the old Woods certainly was reasonably aesthetically appealing, especially compared to all those other buildings with flat roofs.
But by the time they spent the money bringing it all up to code, it was probably smarter to knock it down and build it back up. Iíd never snub progress for the sake of nostalgia.
A couple of weeks ago I would have mentioned dozens of potential tenants that might have utilized that space before I would have guessed CVS ó and I suspect it will do just as much if not more business as a general merchandiser than it does as an actual pharmacy.
Welcome to Sedalia, CVS! Donít mind that guy who occasionally wanders in and tells your cashiers about his magical crystals ó he is mostly harmless.
The east side is coming back, baby!