Communication is Key

City neighborhoods are always going to change. But change doesn’t always have to come at the expense of someone’s rights or quality of life.

All it takes is some consideration, cooperation, and communication for most change to be manageable for everybody involved. Not all the changes in our neighborhood are bad, and not all the new businesses opening up are bad, not even some of the silly overpriced ones.  But a handful of inconsiderate business operators seem determined to spoil this neighborhood for everbody else, and cumulatively, all the changes are quickly adding up to some real hassles for the residents in some ways.

And a surprising number of people here seem not to know what they can do about it, besides complain to each other and lament the “funky charm” and small-town-hidden-in-a-big-city feel that we had only a couple of years ago, the things which attracted the very businesses that are now destroying them.

In fact, we’re not helpless. This is our home, and we have legal rights, and local bargaining power, and our complaints are valid. We just have to work together, exchange information, teach and support each other in emphasizing those things. “United we stand, divided we fall” and all that… truthfully, divided, we’ll still stand. But united, it’ll be a hell of a lot easier.