Yesterday, before THC’s momma pulled the traditional turkey meatloaf out of the oven, she made us take the chihuahua for a quick walk around the street’s of Fortuna. Of course, we hate physical activity of any kind, but we were pleasantly surprised at how nice the streets of the Friendly City looked. Check out how inviting Main Street looks:
Unfortunately, this morning we went for a walk on Broadway in Eureka, right in Old Town. Have you done that recently? For your own good – don’t!
The place looks like shit. Apologies for the curse words, but we just get blown away on our monthly trip to Humboldt’s “beautiful” county seat. Here’s some pictures of the most attractive looking corners we could find:
No kidding – these were the best places we could find on Broadway. Yeesh. It’s no wonder that the only people we can attract to Eureka are homeless. Why the hell would a business want to set up shop here? We couldn’t bring ourselves to post pictures of all the trash floating around, all the gutters full or crap, and all the “landscaping” that isn’t being taken care of.
Meanwhile, over in Fortuna, Main Street looks like Martha Stewart’s backyard. What the hell, Eureka City Council? Seems like our brilliant leaders love spending money on tons of stuff for the “future” – they just can’t be bothered to make any investments to keep up what we’ve already got. No wonder we can’t ever have any nice things.
Now, THC tries to do our part in contributing to the appearance of where we live. We’ve got a really nice piece of paradise down in the Devil’s Playground, and it is frickin’ spotless. And we’ve come up with some really innovative ideas on how to help Eureka out.
Why don’t we come up with some kind of program which enables the homeless to earn some money by keeping the streets clean? Lord knows that our County and City governments don’t have any problem with expanding the size of their payrolls – why not extend that to people who need the money most?
Or why not involve kids from Eureka High? Instead of detention, go pick weeds for an hour. Or make keeping Eureka cleaned up part of the public service requirements for a number of the programs going on at the High School. We’re just spit-balling here – the point is that there are lots of opportunities to make simple, but effective and substantial, changes to the way our “leaders” are helping take care of the town.
Such simple solutions might be impossible for our government to wrap their heads around, though. Maybe it is up to private interest, such as Eureka Main Street, to work something out to help our streets look better (which, we argue, would also make them safer!). Who knows? The one thing we know for sure is that the City of Eureka and their idiotic Council members apparently don’t care, or are simply incapable of making a positive difference.
When are they up for election again?