Thursday, June 2, 2011

Under Construction

"Under Construction" seems to be an appropriate way to begin this blog, to test the waters and find my way. There is so much going on around my neighborhood, not all of it good. Yes, the streets are getting paved and sidewalks put in where there had been none. New exits are being constructed as I type. The town is putting a lot of work into rebuilding and revitalizing our Main Street area, an effort that is centered on our history and connection to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. So far, things are going as scheduled.

But I wonder. Tommy the paver seems happy to have a job, resurfacing the street outside my little home. The exits on the other side are also on schedule, but the couch, abandoned and derelict, speaks to something more disturbing - are we just sitting, watching this happen while other things are neglected? Our educational system is in shreds. Too many people are idle, with nothing to do, no purpose to their lives. The education they received does not qualify them for even the most menial tasks -- and those jobs are disappearing, too.

Yes, the sidewalks are needed, as are the new exits but there seems to be such a gap between the work that needs to be done, and the people to do the work. We have plenty of people, but so few who can do the jobs required in today's society. Are we building the correct kind of bridges?


Petrea Burchard said...

I'm beginning to understand that sometimes funds are spent and projects are created, not because communities need the sidewalks or the buildings or the soccer fields, but because the projects create jobs for people and votes for politicians.

And on that note, welcome to the blogosphere!

Speedway said...

Thank you for visiting, Petrea! Let's see just how long I can keep this going! It's not as though I don't have enough images. I've taken thousands of 'em, I guess, mostly flowers (I'm shy about taking pictures of people, too!), practically enough for a whole image library! It's the appropriate words I think I'll struggle with.

I'm not opposed to money spent on things needed, such as the sidewalks, because they both improve the town and give people a paycheck. (We don't need more soccer fields, though.) And, yes, it is an election year. One local politician once told another to just keep the streets paved and the snow cleared from them in winter and he'd be OK.

lin said...

actually your writing is quite good, as always. Lindaj