I'm not asking for much.
When construction begins on a new project, could we require that a sign be erected explaining what this new project will be?
Last year, a gas station was removed from a plot of land near my home, and construction immediately began on something new. I drove by the site almost every day, wondering what it might be, dreaming of something interesting or fun.
A new restaurant? A bowling alley? A sports bar? A golf shop?
Nope. It was a mattress store, build within sight of two other mattress stores.
How hard would it have been to erect a sign that said:
"Relax, people. Just another stupid mattress store. Nothing to get excited about."
Last week construction began on another plot of land along a road that I drive every day. Enormous lengths of wood were being laid down across a swampy piece of land.
What could it be?
A new bus station? A future apartment complex? Another damn Whole Foods?
After a week of wondering, I finally took to Facebook and asked if anyone knew what was happening, and I got my answer:
Repairing power lines. That's all.
How about a sign as construction began that read:
"Don't get your knickers in the bunch, people. We're just repairing some power lines. Noble work, to be sure, but not exactly exciting."
Sometimes these signs are erected, but more often than not, the builder leaves the public in suspense, often envision a grand new future that does not exist.
Signage. That's all I want. Is it too much to ask?