I’m going to be honest with y’all. Three years ago, when I applied to be the managing editor of People Newspapers, it wasn’t the flagship Park Cities paper that attracted me to the job. In my eyes, the jewel of the chain was Lakewood People. See, I grew up in Lakewood. The M Streets, Tietze Park, the Lakewood Shopping Center — those were my stomping grounds. Editing a paper about my neighborhood sounded really cool.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to do it for long. Two months to the day after I took this job, we closed Lakewood People, as well as Lake Highlands People and West Plano People.
This is all on my mind because Steve Brown has a story on the cover of today’s Dallas Morning News about changes to the Lakewood Shopping Center. He quotes Highland Park Village owner Ray Washburne, who is planning to open a Mi Cocina next to the Lakewood Theater. “Lakewood has been a sleeping giant,” Washburne told Brown. “People are finally waking up to the potential in Lakewood.”
Brown also quotes an anonymous blog commenter (my favorite kind): “Outside forces are trying to make Lakewood into the Park Cities. We don’t like that way of life!”
Calm down, Mystery Man. I’ve gotten my fair share of “that way of life” over the past three years, and it strikes me as customer-friendly and community-oriented. What’s wrong with that?