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Opinion

Pinson Street homeowner challenges landlords


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jan. 15, 2019 - 7:59 PM

I read a text this morning on my Facebook page that really bothered me.

I am usually not a very vocal person, and I tend to let most remarks roll off my back, but I felt compelled to respond to this text. I would hasten to say, however, that I am in no way angry at the person who made this comment. It is, in fact, true. The text read, “It’s really sad to me that this (Pinson Street) is such a bad part of town. There is so much history in that neighborhood that Newnan should be proud of.”

I currently reside on Pinson Street. My Dad was born in 1898 and was raised at 70 Pinson St. I was born in 1953, and I was raised at 71 Pinson St. In 1999, when I became financially able to purchase a home, I purchased a home on Pinson Street.

There are very few homeowners still living in their homes on Pinson Street. Ninety percent of the residents on this street are renters. Those of us homeowners who still reside in our homes still take pride in our community.

Most of us are on a fixed income. However, we try our best to keep our yards up and our houses looking decent. We are proud to be products of Pinson Street, because we remember the village that watched over us, protected us and nurtured us. This street molded us to be who we are, law-abiding citizens.

That being said, I would like to issue a challenge to all the homeowners that are renting out houses on Pinson Street. It’s a simple challenge that does not require a lot of legwork or put a strain on your finances. I simply challenge you not to rent your house to anyone that you wouldn’t want living in your neighborhood.

I dare you to try this simple solution so that we can see if “we can turn this neighborhood around.”

Ivonia Coleman Sutton

Newnan