How could we go from being so encouraged by our Town Council to being disappointed – overnight? This week our terrific town of Easton was set to test a promising concept of creating a “people’s promenade “ on one short block on Washington Street. It would help save our restaurants on that block. It would get more diners and visitors outside where it is safer from the virus. It might enhance the entertainment draw of our downtown for residents and visitors. Maybe add even more value. How could we know without trying it?
So how did most of our Council let one deep-pockets bully intimidate them at the last minute? His threatening and self-serving stance doesn’t even belong in the word “community “. And he opened the floodgates for the skeptics, cynics, and luddites to pile on. Many of whom were formally on board.
We are better than this or at least we were. If we allow the testing of one small, promising idea to scare us, we are doomed to stagnation like other decaying towns in America where “time stands still”.