Do you have a solution?
I ask you. Do live in nice home. Nice community. Do you have a nice car. A nice place to shop and entertain. Is your job a nice place to work?
Can you see this event approaching before you lose your dream. Do you have somewhere else to go? No one wanted this to happen to them.
We soon watch neighbors pack up and move away .There are now longer rides to open stores that were once close and convenient. There is now less traffic, less movement, less to look forward to, less hope.
You either remain behind because you are retired or simply can’t afford to leave .Some stay clinging on to the memories of new cars, manicured lawns, vacations, being able to afford marriage, a family, and pay for college. This could never happen here and not to them.
This occurrence will continue to happen all over this country until we see it for what it is. And then we can pose a workable solution. This economic cancer, this slow disease, has always been here. It wanders around until it finds life, a living, thriving, vein of vitality.
Our flawed economy has only known an exit strategy. Not a longevity strategy. We have to evolve with the changing times. As well as hold on to the vision, craftsmanship, and expertise, that has made us great.
The solution can’t come from Washington, D.C. or State government office. They are simply too far away to see what’s going on. Local municipal authority over this matter is the solution. They live where they work.
These occurrences or “events” as I shall call them are liked to California wild fires. These events like wild fires happen when mass amounts of fuel can be consumed quickly. Those burgeoning middle class communities in the hundreds of thousands, industrial, commercial, and retail, districts in the tens of thousands, now empty-vacant. Some have simply fallen to the ground. Others have been retaken by natural growth as if it were a movie set of a known place in America after a war or contagious disease wiped out the population.
These places where you appreciate living and working are ‘FUEL’. Yes, fuel for the events to occur. Your nice middle class homes, beautiful neighborhoods, well paying jobs, the many businesses are fuel for the Fire. You, much like them (ex: Detroit), never had a passing thought that all of this opulence and plenty could some how possibly be no longer. Never a thought.
As we all have experienced someone reporting that they have lost their job, either because the company moved, closed down, or depleted a resource. And we say, “oh, what a shame”. And then, for rent, for lease, for sale, and going out of business signs crop up and spread.
Local municipal government knows better than State or Federal bodies of government as to how best to develop their communities economically. It’s no different than being an arm chair quarterback claiming to know what’s best for others from your own comfort and distance rather than being there.
For some of us where we live, or are from, or where our parents and grandparents are from, are in desperate need of renewal and revitalization. We are all familiar with the once great Detroit, MI but perhaps less familiar with Steubenville, OH; Shreveport, LA; or the now quiet commercial distribution hubs of the Mid-West.
The awareness of these locations allow us to appreciate where we currently live and work. But for others in these once thriving steel, coal, and mining towns, their perspective is greatly different.
Perhaps we never gave much thought as to how this could happen. In many photo journalist books of ghost towns here in America, the seriousness of this current situation is poignantly documented. YES, a current event. It is currently here, currently seen, and currently growing. The events at their time that placed these cities and towns into desolation, are the same events currently living today.
We now have a long-term viable solution to threat and decay. Or, we continue to do the same thing expecting different results.