I'd like to raise a few points regarding Walgreens' proposal to raze several properties on the corner of West Delavan and Elmwood avenues. First, we must resist the urge to participate in the throw-away mentality that grips our culture. These properties are still viable residential and commercial structures of an urban integrity. Walgreens doesn't build "castles" -- their structures are cheap and characterless, and they are abandoned as soon as they do not return a profit.
Second, Walgreens employs few people who can support a family on the wages paid. Conversely, apartment buildings, restaurants and rental properties can do that and have been doing so for 100 years on that very corner.
Third, the architectural character of Elmwood Avenue (and this city) is rivaled by few. Although aging buildings require work to maintain, their historical worth cannot be duplicated.
Finally, do we really need another drugstore? On the West Side, we now have four Rite Aids, two Eckerds, a CVS and a Walgreens.
We must preserve our urban architecture, our neighborhoods and our small-business owners.
DAVID VATER Buffalo