To the Editor:
First, I would like to applaud the Ripon Downtown Association for the years of hard work they have put into making the Watson Street business area a great place to spend one’s leisure time (and spend one’s money)! And such a stroke of luck as COVID-19 has initiated a society to think smaller and less crowded.
It’s a nice area which, however, is surrounded by the rest of the town which is becoming “seedier” as the years go by. Some homes I pass by going to work every day are very good examples of what I mean by “seedy.”
These are only two run-down homes I pass enroute to work (note the toddler’s swing in the photo to the far right). There are several more in a four-block by three-block area by Ratheon.
The worst in “my” neighborhood is on State Street (above).
Places like the above make me wonder of the mind-set of the people living inside.
— Diane Christenson