This photo shows men enjoying lunch at the recently refurbished D’Angelo’s on Mt. Auburn, across the street from a recently refurbished office building, across the recently refurbished parking lot from a recently refurbished Dunkin’ Donuts (where one can enjoy one’s Boston Creme Donut in a French cafe-like atmosphere.)
Yes, the economy is tough, but in some pockets of town, the green blade riseth. But is a donut on the sidewalk the kind of development that will make a difference?
What kind of “development” do we need now? What can we do even now — even in the midst of our own, personal economic downturns — to make it happen?
A new group in town called Sustainable Watertown has some ideas about this. Their first idea is to buy local: help your neighbors thrive by supporting their businesses. They also invite us to think about how our every day personal decision affect the quality of life in our town: Should I walk or drive? Organic or standard pesticide in my yard? Spend Saturday watching the Dr. Oz Show marathon or cleaning the riverbank?
At our church, we’re preparing to harvest the fruit on the apple and pear trees in our yard to give to the Watertown Food Pantry. We’re reaching out to the unemployed. And we’re trying to use less styrofoam and more mugs (a hard habit to break!). It’s a start.
What are your ideas? What are your commitments? What’s good “development” to you?