(quote – Isaac Asimov)
Lessons learned from 1398 Main Street:
508: “If there was any lesson learned from this whole experience, … you just need to get really, really angry and belligerent and make completely insane arguments and scare the bejeezus out of the City Council and you’ll get what you want.”
Dianne: “There’s a big difference between leaders listening to the wishes of their constituency, and leaders being led by a mob. Last week in Worcester, we witnessed the latter.”
Longtime readers know that I have a strong aversion to the phrase “city of neighborhoods.”
The past week has convinced me that we are, in fact, a city of villages.
We are allowed to operate in our own silos as if what happens in one area of the city doesn’t impact another area of the city.
Imagine what would happen if we looked at these neighborhoods as parts of a whole, if we truly believed that what’s bad for Main South is bad for the city as a whole.
Imagine what would happen if our elected officials didn’t reward those who shout the loudest. Imagine what would happen if, rather than shutting down a meeting, those who behaved inappropriately were told they could no longer participate.
Imagine what would happen if one district councilor didn’t say “I’m rubber, you’re glue – social services agencies bounce off me and stick to you” to another district councilor. (Which is essentially what Bill Eddy’s “It’s easy to say we dumped the shelter on Main South. But there’s a historical use there” means.)
Imagine what would happen if we demanded better communication from our elected officials and city administration. Imagine what would happen if we asked for real statistics and background information from those in the know before making up stuff and slapping it on a flyer.
Imagine what would happen if various neighborhood activists could see just a few blocks past their own home.
Imagine what would happen if they came together and worked towards solutions that work for all neighborhoods.
The move of the triage center to 701 Main Street will be discussed tonight at 6:30pm at 50 Murray Avenue.