Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Maybe a little lesson for the cynics

I'm always struck by how cynical people can be about government. "I can't make a difference" or "politicians are all crooks" or "no one will listen to me" or "I just don't have the time."

It's no different around King Farm, where it is difficult to get anyone to turn out for a Board meeting, let alone run for the Board of Trustees (although apparently the way to do it is combine all meetings with presentations on FIOS).

But yesterday I was reminded how off many people's perceptions of the system and their influence on it really can be. After just a few emails to our Councilman and to the Mayor from residents around King Farm, I saw an email from our Councilman that the parking lot by the Farmstead and Community Garden has been defunded.

Now defunded doesn't mean defunct. It still is in the plans, and I'm sure the city's folks will still push for the lot. But defunded means it won't be going forward with 2010 budget money.

Imagine - only a handful of resident communications has put off this project. It really is this simple sometimes, but when people are cynical on the process and don't even try to change things it shouldn't be a surprise when no one listens. This time people voiced their opinion, and the results speak for themselves.