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Take A Look Around
Author: Shiloh

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Take a look around you...
as time passes,
it seems that the only things
that remain,
that do not change,
that are constant,
that you know will still be here
years from now,
long after we are gone,
are the old, large churches
that have already stood for decades,
and the good-sized funeral homes
- (and even those were, at one time,
homes to large families).

Everything else is subject to change,
everything else is eligible to become
a parking lot.
Any history, any beauty,
and any building or area
of interest, or value,
is not necessarily respected any more.
And they call it progress,
or eminent domain.

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Bipedalguy (65.96.237.196) -- Wednesday, September 17 2008, 06:37 pm

I just looked around and I was gone.

I've seen these changes. On my way back from a trip I decided to revisit my old neighborhood where I had lived from age 10 to 21. There wasn't a thing still recognizable. I couldn't even tell for sure where our old house had stood. The road continued down a hill and into an adjacent town, and when I crossed the town line, suddenly it seemed like I had jumped back 50 years. The spread of urban development had been halted at that town line.
I guess some people still appreciate the feeling of long term stability.
Great write.
Bipe
shiloh (74.65.121.49) -- Thursday, September 18 2008, 12:26 am

yep - but i stand corrected a bit...

seems that there's an old church in the next town, just over the line, that has been there around a hundred years, i guess... the members sold it to the local "non profit(??)" hospital and it's going to be torn down to make way for... a parking lot. i guess maybe God don't make enough money any more, so He's letting some of his property go...
 
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