I have lived in Westfield for over 18 years, and have loved every moment of it. Graduating Westfield High School a couple of years ago, I got a unique view of the town, that many people in town cannot relate to. I appreciate beautiful Westfield downtown more and more, as my friends from other towns/colleges see Westfield for the first time and they are amazed. Always the first thing out of otheir mouth is "wow, your downtown is amazing."
I take pride in living here, but I am confused on what goes on in the back of Starbucks. Do people realize that most of the kids that hang out back there are the same ones getting in trouble and causing problems in the town? I do not have a problem if you want to hang out behind a store with your friends, but in my opinion this idea completely changes when there are 10 people laying behind a store and basically making it their home. The area behind Starbucks has become a place that people basically go to, to get away from their households, to lay all over the concrete and throw cigarette butts around. It's pretty disgusting and is not a good look for a town with such pride. These people literally make the back of Starbucks their home.
Basically, what I am saying is everytime I walk out of there I feel like I am walking through a slum. I smell like cigarettes and I am surrounded by many people that are laying all over the floor and littering the parking lot. With so many upstanding rules in our town to preserve the nature of it, why do we allow this to happen?