Perhaps we have the wrong idea about the businesses still squatting on the Tri-Community Bikeway/ Greenway. No really. It hit me this past Sunday when I walked the Cunningham-littered section of the path. Almost literally, actually. Those rusted nails practically jump at you:
The boards with the spikes gave me pause. I realized that the whole time I was walking with my four year old, my heart rate was up and my attention was focused as I moved to avoid things like shattered glass, car parts, sharp broken tools and a giant rat. This wasn’t a disrespectful, defiant squatter whose behavior was condoned by the Town Administrator, but rather a boot camp-style section of the Greenway! Check it out:
Other businesses are also providing “exciting” obstacles along the path. Behold Clear Channel… their locked fence goes right through the Railroad Right of Way AND, as a bonus, they leave just enough room for walkers to take a dangerous stroll on the edge of a cliff masked by brush. Instant death or a serious maiming could occur with just one wrong step. What a rush:
Behind Cleveland Fence is a beautiful stream at the bottom of a hill. Think this is a carelessly discarded fence? Think again! Maybe we can believe it’s a chain-link climbing net:
Not convinced? Yeah, there’s no “spinning” this disgrace, those responsible for it, and those in authority who allow it to continue. As a professional publicist, I’m STUNNED that the businesses (and TA) wouldn’t do everything possible to support the Greenway effort.
Let’s say, for example, Cunningham can’t get that garbage off the Greenway for whatever reason (cost prohibitive, entire staff is crippled, etc.). Wouldn’t the owner go before the Town and say, “Look, I really can’t comply with what I’m legally ordered to do, but I desperately want to work with the community. Can I partner with the Greenway Committee to design something functional for that section? Turn the giant pipe thing into tunnel with a mural? Build all of those boards into raised flower beds??”
There’s always time and opportunity for “good will.”