Retreat Not The Answer
I just finished reading a blog post and comments that talk about increasing fights and problems in the Power and Light district. It was discouraging that so many feel it is going to get worse there with bad behavior and most people won't go resulting in the failure and abandonment of the project. Near the end of the comment thread one person called out everyone for being negative. The response: we call it as we see it.
I got to thinking: we just can't keep giving ground to the shitheels of the world. If the decent person's response to crap is completely dedicated to running away from it, nothing will ever get done. It is like not ever taking the trash out of your house, then moving because every room has trash in it. "We call it as we see it" is the same as saying, "Well there's trash in here".
The thing is standing firm and acting proactively has to be done before it gets really bad. There's a point where only the brave, crazy, called or broke will go or end up in a bad neighborhood. Normal people won't put up with it. It is like when the trash gets deep enough, it is too difficult to do the work and everyone just throws up their hands. So the time to stand up is *before* it gets really bad.
So as to the P & L District: press Cordish to reevaluate the reduction in security--the company made the reduction to save money but they lose money by losing business due to increased thuggish and drunken behavior not properly dealt with--stupid. Write them, tell them stories and let them know they are pennywise/pound foolish. Do we really have to give P & L to the thug element? If we do what is next? The Plaza? Zona Rosa? Independence Center? It has to stop somewhere. We can't keep running. The nasty people of the world are trying to take the world from the decent people and seem to be succeeding while the decent people debate the "decent" response. The time for retreat and discussion has to come to an end. It is time for decent people to make a stand and hold the ground with power--power of all kinds from the rule of law strictly enforced to law abiding citizens carrying concealed weapons to the spiritual community asserting itself. It is time to stand up--in fact it is past time--we have lost a lot by retreating and taking flight and it is time for it to stop.