Regarding “Maine Voices: Plans for Century Tire space typify threats to Portland’s uniqueness” (Jan. 9), by Debra Tenenbaum:

I find it puzzling that Ms. Tenenbaum would be so concerned about replacing urban blight that currently serves no useful purpose with business establishments that will not only provide job opportunities but also contribute to a more active and vibrant neighborhood.

One would think that she should be more concerned with the current socioeconomic dynamics of that specific area, in which transients and ever-present median panhandlers rule.

Maybe some of those folks will be able to find decent-paying jobs once the companies that Ms. Tenenbaum so dreads open for business. That would be a net gain for the entire community.

Dennis Gervais

Portland