Life Under The MagnoliaBy
Clare Hanrahan, a.k.a. mariahsage, continues to chronicle the Magnolia vigil at her blog, Asheville on the Ground.Â I love reading her daily tales of who’s come down there to support the vigilant.Â A couple of fun excerpts:
“We have allies in many unexpected places and many are outside the usual circle of folks in the “activist community.” A man wearing a “juror” tag around his neck had heard about the Magnolia Watch and wanted to sign the petition.
“I don’t like the idea that it [the sale of parkland] was done on the quiet,” he said.
“A young and much tattooed woman came over. After a while she identified herself as a member of the Downtown Commission. That body voted in favor of the Parkside development, so I was somewhat surprised when she told us, “Saying thank you doesn’t seem like enough.”
She was obviously conflicted about her role on the commission. She excused her vote in favor of the condominiums by saying, “When you become a member, you agree to play by the rules.”
If you haven’t been down to the park land to sign the petition, you ought to go and sit for a while in the shade of that old tree. The conversation is always sparkling, and the cause needs you.