riding & local economy
The weather humidity is down and the morning temps have cooled off. Had a nice ride this morning with Mason. Along the way, we always pass this old house and farm. Earlier this year (March ’09) it appeared someone had decided to do some renovating – action I was delighted to see, as I love when beautiful old homes are saved and restored rather than being destroyed for new construction. To me, preservation shows a different kind of vision and appreciation.
This morning as we rode by, it made me smile to see the transformation that has taken place over the past few months. The place is looking lovely. Maybe not entirely authentic (vinyl siding aside), but true to original architecture and detail for the most part. I was tempted to stop and ask one of the workers if I could step inside and look around … but figured it would be better to spare him my stinky, sweaty self.
I don’t know when we can officially declare ourselves “out” of the current Recession … but at least it looks like we might be making some progress.
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What a transformation. Glad to see the local economy might be picking up a bit. A less-optimist view from the Times today, though: looks like the June job loss numbers went up again. I think we’re at 9.5% nationally. Which makes me all the more thrilled to have a job at Lee and be moving back to Cleveland…Sarah and I will do our best to support the local economy (not Wal-Mart)!
Happy, too, that you have a great job at a great school! There is some impressive new construction and projects happening at Lee – good for our economy, the community, and the school. And I am TOTALLY with you on the WalMarts … haven’t set foot in one for over a year! Many better ways to support the “real” local economy! 🙂
Yeah, I’m really excited about supporting 1) Trailhead and 2) Season’s Harvest. So is Sarah. that’s one of the reasons I’m marrying her: she’s totally on board with my desire to buy local and live healthy, socially conscious lives.
If you know of some other local businesses that I might like, feel free to let me know. I’d love to find some farmer’s markets (if there are any–I’m sure there must be some?) and whatever else reminds me of living in northern New England…