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The bigger picture
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Regarding recreation centers under fire, there’s a larger picture we need to look at. In the September 2011 issue of Southern Living I read: “The economic influence of the Newberry Opera House on the surrounding blocks has been enormous: One report puts it at more than $290 million since the building's 1998 reopening. Once-abandoned storefronts are now dotted with upscale restaurants and boutiques.”