Monday, June 14, 2004

Activism comes with expiration date

"I was just getting burned out with San Pedro," said the 60-year-old Mardesich, a lifelong San Pedro resident. "I put 10 years into this community stuff. Enough's enough."

Ten years is all ya got? Come on - that's not the Pedro way . . . . Thanks to L.A. Observed for helping me stay up to date on my hometown dish with a link to this article about a local advocate who is leaving his activist role to move to Texas. Texas? Thanks but no thank, I don't know what out there could be better than Pedro, but he, whatever floats your environmentally-sound, non-view-obstructive boat is fine with me.

The guy profiled in the article was big on Pedro secession - you know secession what the Valley and Hollywood wanted to do? Yeah, we did too, but I bet you didn't know that. I was traditionally opposed to the notion, but might've supported it if I'd had faith in any of the Pedro based would-be leadership. From what I know of them, they tend to busy themselves interfering with commerce in the name of environmentalism which is actually a petty "wah you mucked up my view of the ocean with your yucky crane" cause. These are the same people who won't let a field be planted with grass so kids can play AYSO soccer because, you know, once families come in - there goes the neighborhood!

If I'm conflating the issues, I trust my Pedro readers to comment-me-straight.

My little hometown is one of the last bits of coastline left not to be developed. That's not to say it's empty - that's just to say it's ignored. Long Beach has recently dumped lots into revitalizing its downtown. We talked a movie theater out of moving into our downtown, for pete's sake. We've got the bones, the sea views, and the demographics to support all kinds of exciting redevelopment but we can't stay out of our own damn way.

Still a "whale of a town" though . . . .

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I remember the theater we talked out of moving into our downtown. The one that originally was going to be housed in an Art-Deco building that would blend in with the rest of downtown without looming over it or uglifying it--until suddenly they decided that Art Deco and blending-in were, well, too expensive, so it would just have to be standard mall-blah architecture or nothing at all (and you'll LIKE it, you small-town peons!). To our eternal credit, we opted for nothing at all.

I thank the deities every day that our little hometown is the "last to be developed." May it stay that way. If I want to be surrounded by GapRepublicOutfittersBucks mall culture, I know where Del Amo Mall and the Third Street Promenade are, and I can, like, drive there, you know?