While, as many of you know, I have been pretty skeptical about the revitalization of the Baker Hotel, I do believe it looks pretty good for its going forward. If this happens, and I think it just might, we will see a new face of Mineral Wells, and the rest of us will need to follow suit.
For instance, over the Christmas holidays I noticed, to my delight, that the city had purchased and installed new downtown decorations, and they really looked amazing. Also, this year the Christmas tree was completely lit, and the whole downtown area glowed with the season.
However, several of us noticed that the historic Welcome sign was hardly lit at all, and now that Christmas is past it is very hard to see.
Both the “W” and the “E” have no lights on them. Now, I don’t know whether the city owns the sign and the land it is on, but I would hope that the city would subsidize the sign. It needs to glow like the Hollywood sign in California - not be a small dot on the larger horizon.
And what can we, as citizens, do to encourage the reformation of our town so that it reflects the new image of the Baker Hotel?
Well, as downtown merchants and building owners, it would certainly be nice to see it all cleaned up and painted. The boarded up buildings need to be repaired and rented, and the insides of the shops should reflect as much pride and passion as the outsides.
As citizens living in neighborhoods, it’s time to clear up, clean up, and make our property look nice and inviting to the outside world - and for ourselves. If we own property, that property needs to be cleared, the junk in the yards needs to be thrown away, grass and weeds need proper care.