Disclaimer – This is not one of my typical Pop Travel promo posts, but it's been a concern of mine for a while. Elizabeth does a lot of positive work in Chicago, a wonderful example to others. But the views expressed in this post are not necessarily shared by her. I'm not trying to provoke, I'm just brainstorming and hoping to motivate us to find a solution to this growing problem! Thanks, Elizabeth, for the soap box! (Welcome and Congrats!)
Cities of Tomorrow. Do you remember these older movies: "Running Man," the original "Total Recall," "Blade Runner." Then there's "I, Robot" and even "Meet the Robinsons." Each one portrays future cities in very different lights, some bright, some dark. But none really show the problems under the surface.
Detroit is a lost city. What happened? This video gives a commentary on the rise and fall of historic Detroit. I have only visited cities – Atlanta, Cinci, Indy, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, to name a few. I've been sheltered from the negatives of true city life, living in suburbs just outside major cities like Detroit. To me, cities are scary, with vacant buildings, homeless people asking for money, gangs, and high crime rates. From what I've seen, they seem like tough places to rise out of and reach for the "American Dream."
I often wonder, what can I do to help – just one person? The government seems to want to throw money at the problem or ignore it. Many who don't live in urban areas aren't concerned about their problems. I recently read an article about a single dad who rode his bike a great distance to a large supermarket outside the city every other day to feed his kids healthy food because the only sources of nutrition near him are convenience stores and fast food. This growing problem is called a "food desert." As we can see from the last election, the cities have a very big voice and need to be heard.
My humble, naïve suggestion is not to give them a few fish, but to teach them how to fish. I would love to see big corporations have their employees volunteer on a regular basis, step in and help those unemployed citizens get their neighborhoods up and running for themselves. Start over, healthier, cleaner, with pride. Clear away the abandoned buildings and create shared businesses, maybe even shared crops to provide for those who contribute. Go back to the basics and not rely on others but rely on themselves, and feel productive and useful and proud. Attitude is everything!
I really like Deborah Simmons, Washington Times Senior Correspondent – she has a great outlook on what needs to be done. Video. And the problem exists in the UK as well. This company has a positive influence there - InnerCity Solutions.
Pop Travel is set in 2080 Atlanta, but like the movies above, it doesn't get into the demographics of the future. In my next one, Simulation, there is a homeless city, my vision of what could happen if things don't change… What do you think about the future of cities?
Thanks again, Elizabeth for letting me spout!
Here is the info for my recently released techno-thriller, Pop Travel.
A tale of deception and teleportation.
When a distraught client enters J.L. Cooper's small town detective agency ranting about a pop travel teleportation cover up, Cooper takes the case. He blames pop travel indirectly for his wife's death and would love to expose a glitch in it.
But the glitch turns out to be disintegrating travelers. And now, his client is dead, his secretary is missing, and a hitman is stalking him. Plus there's all the webcams watching his every move. So, Cooper has to find a way to expose the deadly flaw, while using pop travel to escape the maniacs covering it up, not to mention save a couple of tag-alongs he's not sure he can trust. No problem.