Thursday, April 13, 2006

Mailboxes, Etc.

Expanding cities need to expand their infrastructure. Unfortunately someone always gets stepped on along the way.


Silent sentinels stand along Staring Lane. Many have been here as long as the homes they herald. In the near future they may be gone, along with those homes, to make way for more lanes.

Joan Herke is one of the residents in the wrecking ball's potential path and has been for the last year. She and other residents would like to know who will have to move, but the city isn't talking. She is also worried that she won't be able to find a new home, much less afford one, because nearly everything available has been snatched up by relocating refugees.

She tells us that some have told her it's the price she pays for living on a main thoroughfare, but it wasn't much more than a horse trail when she and her husband moved here, 42 years ago.

For now the neighborhood waits. The mailboxes maintain their watch, standing unflinchingly through drenching rain, blistering heat, and numbing cold to one day receive and deliver the notice that ends their obligation.

1 comment:

Colonel Corn's Camera said...

The city should pay her enough money for her home to buy a new home where ever she wants to live for taking one for the city.