The smell is putrid in the overwhelming afternoon heat.
Decaying store fronts, cracked pavement,
bad graffiti (because not all is bad),
trash next to a cans, cigarette butts, animal crap,
disposed of furniture carted out to the curb
the day after bulk item pick-up.
It all assaults the eyes.
The look of poverty in an otherwise affluent place.
Am I a snob to expect better, prettier, more enlightened?
The least effort possible regardless of the outcome is the norm.
It denotes a lack of pride, and a developing world mentality.
But perhaps not.
In poor countries they make the most with modest means.
Here, we make the least, waste money,
and have little to show for our efforts.
A sign of arrogance in the face of their modest standard.
Is this distinctive to this place?
No, certainly not.
We expect little and therefore we receive little in return.
I think not!