MyWHaT is part of a network of blogs run by everyday people who simply want to improve their communities. Meika of Traversing Tulip Lane is one of the great ones. Her latest post is about the frustrations and successes of engaging in your community, with a little TC shout out. Thanks, @MeikaSue!
Speaking up kind of sucks.
I did it recently. It involved a building project and a big ugly parking lot that was drawn to blight a lovely neighborhood. I didn’t know the group in charge well, but they also weren’t strangers. So I sent an e-mail… then had a conversation… then sent another e-mail. What response did I get? None, followed by a bit of condescension, followed by no word at all. Next week, construction will commence on the parking lot, complete with a twenty-year loan.
Sooooo, that didn’t go so well.
Most of us have probably had the experience of being shot down at one point or another. So we decide that it’s just not worth it, and don’t say anything. And if we do this with our local groups, it’s just that much more true of public bodies.
It’s understandable. Our government (and sometimes our schools, our churches…
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