Be grateful Crossroads
By the Advocate Editorial Board
Nov. 22, 2017 at 11:06 a.m.
The Crossroads has experienced many trials this past year, but we are still a grateful community.
Even with Hurricane Harvey pounding the Crossroads and an arson fire that destroyed the mosque, we have many things to give thanks for this Thanksgiving Day.
While people are still recovering from the Category 4 Hurricane Harvey, we are thankful that no lives were lost during the storm. We are saddened that a lineman died while helping the community get electricity restored.
We are eternally thankful for the many people who came to our rescue after the storm to restore power, clear trees and help us begin rebuilding. We have made amazing progress but still have a long way to go.
Long before the hurricane, the community came together to support the Victoria Islamic Center after an arsonist destroyed the mosque in late January. We are thankful for the support the community continues to give this religious community as it rebuilds its congregation and house of worship.
We are also thankful the city of Victoria and the University of Houston-Victoria have reached an agreement to make Ben Wilson Street the entryway to the university. This project will give the university an actual entry point and allow for a more pedestrian-friendly walkway for students as they cross the street from housing to the classrooms.
We are also thankful that UHV continues to grow from its recent groundbreaking for a new library and student center to the recent purchase of part of the former Town Plaza Mall. A strong university is essential for the continued growth of the region.
We are also thankful for new businesses that have selected the Crossroads to do business including Aldi, Local Pet, ParaVida Wellness, Tropical Smoothie and Joe's Pizza and Pasta, to name a few.
To help local businesses succeed, we are thankful the Victoria Chamber of Commerce has trained many businesses on customer service.
We are also thankful that ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber have come to Victoria. This makes going out on the town on a weekend night less risky if people can rely on a fast, dependable mode of transportation to return home.
We could go on for a while longer giving thanks for the many good things in the Crossroads, and we know you can come up with many more. So let's leave it at this - we are a truly grateful community made up of caring people who work hard daily to make a difference in the lives of people around them and for that we are forever thankful.
This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.