People tend to think the grass is always greener somewhere else.
We’re here to tell you, the grass is greenest where you water it.
It’s so easy to hop on Facebook and comment with a complaint. We see it every day on The Outlook Facebook page; we post an article then come the complaints.
Just last week, The Outlook wrote about Main Street Alabama visiting with Main Street Alexander City giving it advice on how to improve downtown.
The state organization held a session for the public to share its input then spent three days immersed in downtown speaking to community members and gathering information and data to present an accurate representation of what downtown Alex City needs.
Main Street Alabama suggested painted crosswalks to not only liven up downtown but to increase pedestrian safety, updating the signage and quality of buildings and areas, painting a mural, reviving areas such as Strand Park and other ideas to brighten and enhance the things we already have downtown.
When we posted the article to Facebook, a flood of complaints came in.
Commenters said the proposed mural — which is simply an artist’s rendering that was shown as an example — to be painted on Broad Street was “hideous” and a “waste” of money.
“So ugly, don’t do that to our town,” one commenter wrote.
It’s so easy to sit back and say, “Why can’t we do this or that?” It’s easy to complain. It’s easy to want change but when ideas are brought about resent them.
What’s not easy is to step up and do something to change our city. Main Street is doing that for us and doing its job — looking for ways to improve our downtown. The organization is literally dedicated to the revitalization and promotion of historic downtown Alex City, according to its website. It’s also a nonprofit organization that would be footing the bill for the proposed changes — it wouldn’t be coming from taxpayer dollars.
Main Street held a vision mapping session last week where the public was invited to offer its input on how to improve downtown, and that wasn’t the only opportunity residents were invited to offer input last week. Think to yourself, did you attend any of those public sessions? If you didn’t, do you have a right to complain about the presented ideas?
It seems people will complain in the same breath about letting downtown die then complain about trying to improve downtown because 280 is then being neglected. Can’t we just be glad something is being done? Isn’t any idea better than no idea? Isn’t any effort better than none? We think so.
Main Street and other city leaders are always open to hearing what community members think and want to see in our city. Go see the great group of people at Main Street and talk to them if you really want to make a difference. Go to these public forums and meetings when they’re held and speak your mind. Don’t sit back on Facebook and say how you feel without getting out there and saying it where it will matter.
Our grass has the ability to be the best shade of green, but we have to do what it takes to make our voices heard to see the changes we want implemented in our city.