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Letter: In Concord’s shadows


Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Regarding the column headlined “Concord Noir” (Sunday Monitor Forum, Aug. 5): I have lived in downtown Concord for over five years. In that time I have seen the rapid dash to revitalize this area. Sight is subjective. Where others may only see a messy paint job to cover the filth and forgotten, you were able to highlight the backsplash of shadows that mirror the many years of sorrow in this town.

With Concord leadership pushing to brighten up in ready succession, I have to ask if anything has really changed? It’s all very much “noir” if you ask many residents. A happy face in front of trifled thoughts.

I don’t know if any of this will trick others outside to bring business north. I would also have to figure the top knows if we did something to improve reach, as in connect a rail, then there would be nothing left to stop everyone from leaving, setting the nail in the coffin that belongs to every ghost town in post-industrial New England.

You see we are not part of a grand construct of convenience; honestly it would have to be considered closer to a prison of the passing times. A facade of falsehoods hiding the true horror of a noir landscape. A dying town.

P.S.: I very much enjoyed the photography that accompanied the story. It made it feel almost worth telling people we live here without being ashamed – and then it’s gone. Ashamed again.

MATTHEW COLE

Concord