The pornography store on Squire Road has closed.
Its death was met with satisfaction by those who fought so hard to keep it from coming to Revere.
Its death was a sign that such a store had outlived its usefulness. Internet pornography has replaced the old-fashioned adult bookstore with all the fixings.
And yet, taxpayers shouldn’t forget that the city is liable for about $1 million because of legal maneuverings ordered up by the City Council which all failed to get rid of another adult bookstore in the city.
A superior court judge awarded that amount in legal fees to the lawyers for the other adult bookstore in the city.
Hindsight is everything in some cases, and that is certainly true in this case.
Sooner or later, the city will have to pay at least $500,000 to settle the case while the Internet spews more pornography to more places in this city every day than anyone could have dreamed of 10 years ago.
The city council fought the coming of a pornography store to Revere as a matter of principle.
Councillor George Colella led that fight – and a costly one at that.
He believed in the fight then. He would do the same thing today.
To him, and to his colleagues in government, it was Revere vs. the purveyors of smut, and he was willing to put up the house, so to speak, to stop that type of business from finding a home in this city.
In the end, all the adult bookstores remaining will go out of business because pornography is accessed so easily on the Internet.
The real shame is that the city needs to find $500,000 to $1 million to close one of the most costly chapters in legal history here.
That’s worse than anything the adult bookstore ever had to offer.