Restricted Impact on communities of monument removals


Sergeant Major
Nov 12, 2016
I don't know if data has/is being collected. I suspect though we will see a widening divide cultural and economic as those who were for the monuments relocate their cultural/economic activity. The communities that removed the monuments did not buy peace but disdain, many were in difficulty pre removal and are likely to see further decline for a variety of reasons. It is normal for communities to rise and disappear or decline in status. I don't know if lessons will be learned.
Curious as to what others think the impact will be.

John Winn

Mar 13, 2014
State of Jefferson
Aside from the immediate expense of removal and - maybe - storage I don't think there'll be much of an impact. A few who are unhappy about removals and re-namings will perhaps no longer visit a place that did those things but in the big picture they won't make much of a dent in revenue. Frankly, most people don't care about removals and re-namings.

Now, I do wonder if some schools might see an impact should alumni decide to quit making donations and the like. Hard to say.

Dave D

Feb 21, 2019
The last time I was in New Orleans was the day that they removed Lee's statue from its pedestal at Lee Circle on St. Charles avenue
[ What's left ] - I was astounded. I knew that there had been an ongoing flap about Confederate statues in the city but this particular statue had been there for so long (since 1884) that it was a historical structure in and of itself.

Lee circle is a prominent feature in New Orleans - it sort of marks the beginning of "Uptown" New Orleans as you ride the St. Charles streetcar, headed up river - now, there's just this big shaft standing there. I doubt that there were many - if any - tourists who traveled to New Orleans just to see the statue but, it's existence certainly added to the ambiance and character of the city.

What's next? Tear down St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square because there was once an Inquisition 500 years ago?
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Brigadier General
Silver Patron
Jul 4, 2016
Rockbridge County, Virginia
There's definitely financial impact to these places however, most of them won't ever admit it. I personally know many people, & several decent size organizations that will not do any business whatsoever in Lexington (VA), anymore. This is do to their actions against all things involving Confederate History/symbols.

Lexington, VA is famous because of Robert E. Lee, & Stonewall Jackson, not in spite of them. The former "Shrine of the South" is now ashamed, & doing everything they can to distance themselves from their two most famous, eternally at rest. W&L University, & VMI have jumped on the bandwagon. The town calls itself "Historic Lexington". Some of us think they should change their slogan to, "Hysterical Lexington".

All of the local taxes have been going up as a result. Real Estate taxes, personal property taxes, etc. Unfortunately, they get cash out of me via the county subsidizes Lexington city. The solution is always to raise tax rates. :mad: I no longer pay their food tax, or sales tax though. With rare exception, I don't spend a dime in the city anymore. I personally know many people who voice their displeasure the same way.

Apparently, the folks running Lexington don't think tourism dollars matter. They are convinced they'll be able to keep raising taxes, & keep milking the college kids.


First Sergeant
Feb 9, 2020
Arkansas CSA occupied
If not for the battlefield, Vicksburg would pretty much be just a “pass thru” town. Not to belittle the town, but there’s just not much other reason to make a trip there.
Sep 17, 2011
If not for the battlefield, Vicksburg would pretty much be just a “pass thru” town. Not to belittle the town, but there’s just not much other reason to make a trip there.
Unless one is doing the Tunica, Vicksburg, Natchez, Biloxi/Gulfport casinos road trip :bounce: