Wednesday, December 28, 2005

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Sign of Economic Recovery

It’s a curious fact of our present circumstances that the most obvious sign of progress in flooded out neighborhoods is piles of trash, giant mounds of moldy furniture or drywall spewed out onto the sidewalk. It means something is happening. People are gutting and starting over, and progress is being made towards a living neighborhood once again. The saddest places are where nothing is happening, where everything is frozen in time, looking almost exactly as it did the day it emerged from the flood waters.

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