Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Change is possible in NWLA

My column this week considers the draft report released last week by Project SB and written about the The Shreveport Times. The column concludes: "The positive changes foreseen and the potential recognized by Project SB are welcome reminders to Shreveport-Bossier City that it can, and indeed, deserves to do better. But simply acknowledging that fact won’t bring about the improvements Project SB rightfully believes are possible. "Alas, the thing about change is that it usually requires doing things differently. So if there is no genuine desire to actually begin doing things differently, no bottom-up movement rejecting mediocrity as somehow always good enough, and no strong new voices rising in the community to call for change, then all the regionally-oriented development plans recognizing the vast untapped potential of the Red River Communities will never amount to anything more than another volume on the shelf labeled 'What Might Have Been.'"