In the movie, Them, the police interview a drunk in a rehab center. The first thing out of his mouth was, “I’ve got some big deals going down”. The film is one of the finest horror movies ever produced in Hollywood and worth seeing some 56 years later but this one scene is truly memorable.
Because he can’t even take care of himself, it’s the ultimate statement of hubris.
In Newburyport too, we hear, “We’ve got some big deals going down.”
The Landfill is going to get capped.
We’re going to achieve the 40B 10% affordable housing requirement.
We’re going to have a Waterfront Park.
We’re going to have a unified paid parking plan.
We’re going to have a parking garage downtown.
We’re going to see Karp’s waterfront development.
We’re going to have lots of new businesses in our industrial park.
We’re going to have a stretch code in Newburyport.
We’re going to have 22 wind turbines in the common pasture.
We’re going to have a debt-exclusion or a prop 2-1/2 override.
We’re going to have an expanded local historic district.
We’re going to have safe sidewalks in our City.
I could keep going but you get the idea. I’m not saying these things won’t happen but when you see how things are being approached, you pretty well understand that moving from A to B is nigh on impossible on many of these issues. Sometimes of course, after much chaos and smoke, we may all wake up and see a “Big Deal” done here and there. Sometimes because all the opposing parties are either exhausted from fighting each other or at the point that supporters get it done or it is accomplished by sheer will.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up”
Unfortunately, it takes political sacrifice and a lot of risk to accomplish something in this polarizing city.
The question to ask yourself when you hear someone claiming ‘…a big deal going down.’, “Are they drunks or great leaders?”