We noticed that today, the Press & Sun – the local newspaper serving the Binghamton area – had an article an the current status on the North Side Grocey Project. An issue that we have great interest in and spoke about after hearing Councilwoman Lea Webb speak on March 24, 2011.
At the time, we were the only news organization seemingly paying attention to the problems with the North Side Grocery Project. The other news we saw had adulation for the stated progress. There are numerous articles about how grand the idea was and what a help it would be to the local community. But amazingly, no one had addressed the fact nothing was getting done.
Thus we went out and researched the issue. We tried to contact all the figurehead politicians that were involved with the Project. We asked questions, and searched for answers. The result was our article on April 5, 2011.
To date, we still have yet to receive answers from Councilwoman Lea Webb, or most of the other politicians that were connected to the North Side Grocery. But we did isolate how much money has been wasted, and the inaction that has occured. Items that Oprah Winfrey either did not know about, or overlooked when she praised the project.
So when we read the article from the Press & Sun – Push for new Binghamton grocery bogs down – we hoped that more information would be forthcoming. Given they have far more resources and personnel, it would seem to be safe to assume they might have gotten further than we did.
The article from the Press & Sun reads like a virtual copy of the information we found. In fact it skimps on the details, just noting that there is a problem not being addressed. Which they could have gleaned from doing a google search on North Side Grocery Binghamton, where our articles are still the 2nd and 4th results. Actually, we think that had they read our artiucle they would have garnered more information than their article covers – but that could just be our bias on the matter.
Still for an article that graces the front page of the Press & Sun, done 4 months after we already tackled the issue and gathered more relevant information, we feel let down by the Press & Sun. While we enjoy the vindication of what we have already said, we do not see how this moves the North Side Project closer to completion or gains further accountability for the funds that have been allocated.
The North Side Grocery is a great idea. It is needed by the community. To do so seems to require a push from the news media, forcing the politicians involved in the project – who basked in the high hopes and campaign contributions it undoubtably raised for them – to be accountable to the community that remains in need and without benefit. Even as their tax dollars are being wasted.
Suffice we welcome the Press & Sun to the problem we already identified in detail. Now we hope they can pick up the ball and help us run with it a bit farther than we have already taken it.
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