The gentrification of my town is backfiring. My aldermen and elders are all lushes and have been pushing a night life agenda with regards to business, and this has been the place to be a sybarite. Nobody makes enough to own here, besides the antediluvians. The home prices have been driven so high that they are prohibitively expensive. So younger more savvy bankers are buying it all up and tenanting it all out. So the military folks and their bad kids move here, and all they want is a decent school and some entertainment, which can be bought across the bridge or recreationally found here in town. This holds hands with the aforementioned agenda. Then on top of that, the elders who did own and whose bad kids are sticking around are all dying off and willing property so the age of the residents is dropping quickly. It’s jumbled up, I feel bad about the disrespect of speaking about the deceased and the soon-to-be. Irreverent is my style, but I do understand the line of distasteful and how not to cross it. Dancing on that line is good, though because we do have to have discussion and can’t just sweep every real issue under the rug and ignore it in hopes it will disappear. Seeing more people cycling, and more people out in the street later and later at night. I’d like to live long enough to see us develop culture, and I’d also like to see some actual industry.
Ocean Springs, MS