Trib­ute de­served

The Times-Tribune - - EDITORIAL -

Ed­i­tor: The planned pocket park for the cor­ner of Wy­oming Av­enue and Lin­den Street in down­town Scran­ton should have some sort of trib­ute to two leg­endary and ven­er­a­ble busi­nesses that long stood there, Markowitz Broth­ers news­stand and Abe’s Kosher Del­i­catessen and Restau­rant.

For years the two busi­nesses were in­tri­cate parts of the fab­ric of down­town life on that cor­ner. Abe’s has re­lo­cated to the 300 block of North Wash­ing­ton Av­enue and Markowitz Broth­ers closed at its Lin­den Street lo­ca­tion sev­eral years ago.

Be­sides pro­vid­ing a re­mem­brance at the pocket park, a trib­ute would pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for a his­tory les­son to mil­len­ni­als and mem­bers of Gen­er­a­tion Z. In the age of so­cial me­dia and Wi-fi, phys­i­cal space still mat­ters.

Per­haps at a ded­i­ca­tion of some­thing rec­og­niz­ing the for­mer lo­ca­tions of two ven­er­a­ble Scran­ton busi­nesses, event or­ga­niz­ers could hand out newsprint and bagels. Put me down for a broad­sheet and a bagel with lox. JEF­FREY PETRUCCI SOUTH ABING­TON TWP.

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