“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.” ― Susan Sonta
In early July of this year I wrote an article describing the hazardous nature of this pedestrian walkway in a local mall. The public walking area had been in this deplorable state of disrepair since early April and nothing was apparently being done to rectify the situation.
Barricades were in place but even this was not adequate enough to protect the public from the unsafe condition it presented.Some type of action was needed to remedy the situation.
When I first posted the article council members and the site’s contractors seemed to waffle on the issue of immediate repair. The merchants in the mall raised their concerns but thei outcry was met by indifference . Posters, surveys and meetings were employed to help the people in power move a wee bit faster.
Finally, last week repair crews, cement trucks, contractors and other concerned indiviuals took action and within five days time had repaired this eyesore and public nuisance.
I am tooting my own horn here insofar as stating that anyone and everyone should not only take a stand about something that is of major concern to themselves personally but also take action to ensure that all issues of concern are handled as quickly and competently as possible.
I may not be Spiderman but anyone can carry a camera and hopefully effect change in their own city, town or hamlet by being observant, concerned and aware of what’s going on in their own backyards.
Everyone talks about The Fifth Estate and how the offical news agencies cover major events in the world. I write here about creating a potential Sixth Estate — J. Q. Public taking an active role in his/her own community and doing something tangible to rev up the pace of needed change there.