life between the pages

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”
Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Thursday, May 26, 2005

a day well spent

yesterday we spent an incredible day attempting a plan to mend the heart of our little town. like doctors bent over the surgical table, we planners moved things about, hemmed & hawed, stroked our chins, and puttered. at day's end we had done quite a bit of work, had the beginnings of a downtown development plan containing most of the usual elements of vital and functioning places, including pedestrian paths, light retail, a library, post office, town hall, medical offices, the grocery store, the church, even some residential (yet to be defined) and yes, the farm all arranged methodically and interconnectedly along the slopes and drainages that make up the ground we are given. a redevelopment plan for the existing shopping center --turn it into a major component of the new downtown. cross-path connections around the low-lying areas so that things are not separated or squared off against one another, but hold hands across the street, or tie together with open pathways through a short stretch of wood. beautiful. vital. functioning. a happy place.

now, to polish up and verify the reality, and to give words to ideas in the form of published reports --back to the offices. all this in preparation for the seeds of change --to be sown in september, at the public presentations. promises to be a bit of a roller coaster ride, so stay tuned. i'll keep you posted.

2 comments:

fred said...

Good to hear some good news. Keep the faith and the vision going. The good you do will outlast you, and that must be gratifying.

sophronia_ said...

oh --i don't know about that... here are some links to follow up on the results of the work described in this post:

http://www.townofweddington.com/cgi-bin/uploads/9-20-05.doc

http://www.wcvg.org/have_u_heard.htm - scroll thru & look for articles about weddington

http://www.uli.org/Content/NavigationMenu11/Resources/Map4.pdf#search='weddington%20%20ULI'

www.uli.org/Content/NavigationMenu11/Resources/WeddingtonTAP.pdf

have fun.