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Editorial for June 9, 2011: Alley oops!

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Bowl­ers, you prob­ably should have seen it com­ing. When your friendly neigh­bor­hood bowl­ing al­ley jumped on the tech­no­logy band­wag­on many years ago by strik­ing down manu­al score sheets in fa­vor of auto­mat­ic scor­ing, it was the be­gin­ning of the end.

For bowl­ing pur­ists, auto­mat­ic scor­ing should only be used on TV dur­ing PBA tour­na­ments. For all oth­er bowl­ers at all oth­er times, cal­cu­lat­ing your score on pa­per has a cer­tain old-fash­ioned charm.

In a sim­il­ar vein, all the disco mu­sic, flash­ing lights and the oth­er dis­trac­tions com­monly found in bowl­ing cen­ters de­tract from the game.

Maybe that’s why we shouldn’t be sur­prised that bowl­ing — once the most pop­u­lar fam­ily in­door sport in the his­tory of man­kind — is get­ting mowed down lately.

When Adams Lanes and Boulevard Lanes shut their doors in the last three weeks, a piece of North­east Philly died. It doesn’t have to be that way, however.

North­east Phil­adelphia’s huge pop­u­la­tion surely will pat­ron­ize bowl­ing al­leys if they are more avail­able, par­tic­u­larly if the op­er­at­ors get back to bowl­ing’s ba­sics by spend­ing less time ca­ter­ing to leagues and more time mak­ing “open” lanes more af­ford­able and ac­cess­ible to bowl­ers of all levels.

There must be a few brave en­tre­pren­eurs out there who can step for­ward to pur­chase Adams Lanes and Boulevard Lanes and get them back in busi­ness. The de­mand is there. Mak­ing sup­ply meet that de­mand is not dif­fi­cult, and it will be a win-win situ­ation for all.

Build the al­ley of dreams and they will come. 

Send let­ters to the ed­it­or to: pronews@bsmphilly.com

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