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Niles residents contend they’re not contentious

By Matt Artz
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 at 12:39 am in Uncategorized.

niles town plazaMy story Wednesday on the new Niles Town Plaza didn’t go over so well. The headline, which I didn’t write, really bombed. Niles people do not like to be referred to as “contentious,” except for a few who don’t care.

Several people on the Niles internet chat group took a break from recommending podiatrists, unloading their scrap metal, and trying to find homes for unwanted kittens to talk about my story.

Most thought I was too negative, which  is hogwash, but, oh well. One person didn’t want to “embarrass me” by posting his/her displeasure on the site, so he/she sent me an email, which was very polite. The email follows: 

“New plaza unites normally contentious Niles district in Fremont”

Contentious, how about community minded, Citizens who are involved, Great things happen when communities come together to make things happen…….

We have a very united group who works with both the NMSA, Merchant Assoc, the community as a whole and the City of Fremont.  Your facts and understanding of our community may be tainted from years back of poor communication between groups and it not an issue as a community we would tolerate today.

Reporting that draws attention to sensationalize issues, lack of understanding the issue and does not take the time to really talk to the people involved is very disrespected with your readers and is a large contribution to the lack of subscriptions to many newspapers.   

For future articles you should understand the issues, talk to the citizens, merchants and community members of Niles who are intimate with the point you report to really get the facts.

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  • Marty

    Oh my, they didn’t like that. The Niles-Awesome blog has been updated with this development:

    http://niles-awesome.blogspot.com/

  • Bruce

    The plaza looks great. Not clear to me if the Niles Canyon Railway will be able to use the station, the Train of Lights web page still says that we have to park in Niles and take a shuttle over to the boarding area by the Sullivan underpass. I remember there being an issue about not allowing NCRY passengers to cross the active tracks, wondering if that ever got resolved.

    My son was asking about the model train layout, glad to hear that will be set up again…