I want to explain something, and if you watched former President Bill Clinton’s speech at the DNC Convention last week, you’ll understand this word that I am going to borrow from him: arithmetic. Let’s try some arithmetic regarding RIA redevelopment. Take a resident who lives near Rhode Island Ave and has always said, “Why can’t we get something like a sit down restaurant or similar near us?”, and now add apathy. Arithmetic tells us that this scenario equals:
NOTHING WILL CHANGE.
Now, take that same person, saying the same thing, but now add Action. Arithmetic tells us that:
THE ODDS HAVE INCREASED that business owners notice and redevelopment occurs.
So why the arithmetic lesson?
Because there is an opportunity to take some action that will raise our possibility, significantly, to getting a sit down restaurant on our end of RIA. FoRIA‘s “Rhode Trip” tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept 12) at Rustik Tavern from 6 – 9PM is the action (right at the intersection of RIA and 1st NW). All we need to make all of this to add up is YOU.
So do me, no better yet, do yourself a favor: Show up. Even if you come by, grab one drink or grab an appetizer, or don’t eat or drink anything, just SHOW UP. That’s an action that says, “I am going to stop saying over and over again that we need something near us, and I am going to just do something about it”.
Here’s the best part: it won’t even feel like you’re actually taking action. It will feel like you are grabbing a drink or something to eat with your neighbors. You know, those other people that are trying to make a change in the neighborhood.
So, which kind of arithmetic do you want to do?