Today is Election Day here in the city of Atlanta. I decided to vote for a little change than I can believe in by voting out as many incumbents as I could. As a resident of the West End I guess I am not too impressed with the public management of West End Atlanta’s vision of a good Atlanta society. The less than stellar public management may have to do with West End’s less than stellar vision of itself.
For example, on my way to the polls I came across a young man carrying a placard for one of the city council candidates. The fellow implored me to vote for his candidate based on the reason that his candidate was responsible for making sure that the city’s residents had access to food stamps. Usually I would stop and engage in a conversation on policy but it was too early in the morning to empower this young man’s ignorance. His comment left me with the impression that this is what living in the West End has come to; that the circumstances of our relative poverty in the southwest quadrant of this otherwise vibrant city leaves us nothing to look forward to but dead aid from a city representative.