“Grinch Alley” known as Florida Avenue

Photo by Rusty Strait/The Valley ChronicleRusty Strait, Senior Reporter. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Every morning at my local coffee bar, the Christmas spirit fills the air these days. Folks seem to be deep in thought about shopping for gifts, green trees, and sparkly decorations. It gives me a fuzzy feeling, that is, until I drive down Florida Avenue. From one end of downtown to the other it looks like the Grinch came through town with a bulldozer and left nothing but bare store fronts, for the most part. A small tree in a window occasionally and a few lights, but only one thing even remotely says “Merry Christmas.”

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