What would I do if I had charge of this city? Well you know that, ultimately, I would re-localize our food supply, so that we have adequate food to feed our population, I would create a vibrant, local, sustainable economy , with food as its first pillar, and, I would work to leave our city a more secure, profitable healthy place for our children. That’s what I would do.
I would take a decade, more if necessary, and make the cities mission to support our residents, not our seeming insatiable need to grow. As early as last year our County Commissioners agreed that our plan, moving forward, was to make all of Greene County residential. Why? The only reason would be to build. Is this a plan? No. Our water table is down in excess of 400 feet. Our local food supply is not secure, and yet, we need to build more houses, sink more wells, and diminish the last bastion of free, individually owned farm land that remains surrounding our metro area? A plan? Come on! Yes, let’s build innumerous more houses and sink a well at everyone of them. A plan?
Now, before I get too upset, here’s what I would do.
I would support folks, not growth. I would support their initiatives in urban gardening. To builders, I would say, why don’t we build productive affordable housing on the north and west sides of town. We have a plan to do just that. Interested? We could turn our city into a meca of innovation, good food, creation, local economy, not to mention tourism produced from people coming from all over the nation to see it. America will never be a leader again unless WE THE PEOPLE do it. Politics is a distraction, a show, and creates nothing substantial. However, if we build a sustainable city , with regard to its food and its economy and its health, we will produce the template that can be copied all over this country. We can be stronger again one city, one township, one county at a time.
But, we must choose Folks, over growth. See?
The time for talk is over.
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