The Pain of Progress

“Wow!” Jack gasped as he and his friend, Don, walked down the street that was sparkling with activity in the 1980’s. “It’s empty, tagged with grafitti, this was the main drag back then.!”

Don took a moment to look around at what had been a new and up-coming area of their small mid-western town. The plants thank had been placed there to beautify the cement surroundings were over-grown. The sculpted trees were tangled with vines. It was sad, heart-breaking,to be honest.

”Progess.” Don sighed. What a joke. The walked on to the “new”main drag only a few blocks away.

8 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Helena Hann-Basquiat said,

    e.e. cummings said it best: Progress is a comfortable disease…

  2. 2

    Very sad. But it’s always happening. Blame the developers.

  3. 3

    Sandra said,

    Very true these days. (Typo : plants thank should be plants that?) Nice one.

  4. 4

    Your story reminds me of what happens when an interstate changes the traffic patterns through many small towns. Interstates are a blessing to those who have to or choose to travel long distances, but they have killed many a small town.


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    SwittersB said,

    My questions would not be aimed at developers and business, but rather what drove them under?

  6. 6

    Dear Brenda,

    There’s so much of this story all over. There are parts of Kansas City that I remember as centers of activity. Now they’re located in “the bad side of town.” A lot of wasted, boarded up buildings.

    Good job!



  7. 7

    What a lovely blog! Thanks for following mine! Keep on keepin’ on! Peace Out! JBC 😛

  8. 8

    So sad to see this happening everywhere…

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