Many north of the Mason-Dixson line look down their noses at fellow citizens on the other side of this Civil War line. With a foot on either side of the line, I try to keep a balanced perspective and have sadly reached the conclusion that there are plenty of bores on both sides (fun people too!). Nevertheless, there is a Union-state smugness that seems quite misplaced as New England children graduate from Ivy League schools and then rush to Atlanta and Dallas to find jobs and raise their families.
This youth drain is robbing New England of its vitality and energy. It is sad to see this proud and once beautiful landscape of quaint New England towns fall into decay and succumb to the boring numbness of mall-city USA and fast-food restaurants. Fortunately, hope is on the horizon and for those that are interested in urban planning (“smart growth”), I suggest that you download this pdf File on the challenges facing New England.
In our January visit to Dallas, David “Double-Bogey” Pinson was kind enough to show me a few hot spots in urban development in downtown Dallas. On a three block strip of Greenville Avenue, the Dallas Town Council approved a redevelopment project along the lines of “smart growth” which will hopefully restore a sense of community in this troubled but “fun” section of downtown Dallas. Work is expected to start this summer. In contrast to Dallas, Greenwich, CT is still trying define where “downtown” begins and ends. The New England “can do” attitude has sadly become “must think about it.”
Perhaps, more interesting and relevant to GourMay readers was Tom Spicer’s Spiceman’s F.M. 1410 organic market. Here, right in the middle of Dallas, Mr. Spicer and fellow farmers, had started an organic vegetable and spice garden. While F.M. 1410 largely caters to restaurants, knowledgeable local residents often appear on Tom Spicer’s doorstep to shop for fresh organic vegetables. Unfortunately, there was not much fresh green produce available during the middle of winter, but they did sell us a bag of mushroom varietals that were absolutely deligthful in my scrambled eggs.
Mushroom Varietals from Tom Spicer’s F.M. 1410
Richard W. May
Thérèse Saint Clair