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You must be the change you want to see in the world
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 03/09/2008 - 00:29.
March 08, 2008... the Blizzard of 2008! Nothing is more REALNEO... more Cleveland+... more believe in Cleveland than a blizzard. There's not a cop on the street, yet nobody gets robbed. People are pushing strangers around, but only to get their cars out of the snow. For REALNEO kids, it can't get cold and deep enough. REALNEO adults smile to remember being REALNEO kids. Blizzards set REALNEO apart.
As I looked at the Plain Dealer page one of Blizzard Day 2008, I read headlines about everyone in Ashtabula being out of power, and cities around NEO being out of salt, and that this was the third freak southern weather blast here in 15 days, and I reflected on how unsustainable our sprawl economy is in times of global warming. Here regionalist sprawlboosters speak of Cleveland like it is a burden to society, yet magine living in a MacMansion on 10 acres in Medina and driving 80 miles a day to work and back in the near future. Imagine maintaining the infrastructure for bankrupt sprawldivisions in the era of $5+ gallon gasoline.
No, at the time of the Blizzard of 2008, in times of global warming, we must accept that those who strayed too far from the warmth of community will freeze to death. We have passed a turning point. Past this turning point, all regional planning must include sensitivity analysis for environmental crisis. That ends discussion on "The Opportunity Corridor", forever!
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."
"You must be the change you want to see in the world"