Thanks to this blog I can make sure that the good news in Kent gets told but lately we’ve had a little help from some rather unlikely sources, including the AkronLife Magazine, Channel 3 news and that little fishwrap — the Wall Street Journal. (click on the news links to view the articles)
When you shake a few feathers, win a couple of awards and rewrite history people want to talk to you. Kent has a great story to tell and we’re happy to tell it.
In many respects, as a result of the events of May 1970, the national narrative of Kent was often punctuated by a town/gown tragedy — which is why the recent collaborative success between the town and the gown is such a compelling and intriguing turn of events.
For decades Kent’s reputation struggled with the burdens of that tragic day in May 1970 but Kent has had the good fortune to rediscover itself as the University and the community rallied in the face of an economic crisis and proved that a bad thing happened in a good place, and great things can happen when a University and a City work together to make the community a better place for generations to come.
We can never forget but we can’t go back either. A revitalized downtown doesn’t change history but it can help change how people look at their community and view themselves today.
The best part of what’s going on in Kent right now isn’t the restoration of old buildings; it’s the restoration of a sense of community pride and new opportunties that are writing a new ending to an old story.