Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Opinion

May 4, 2013

It's time to spruce up the Maple City

This is the season and today is the day, finally.

The past week or so informs us that spring — maybe even a precursor of summer? — has arrived in the Maple City. Good. It took the long way to get here.

We like the way spring looks and feels, and what it signifies. It’s a time of rebirth and fresh starts, botanical and otherwise. And with spring comes a local initiative The Goshen News is always glad to see.

Today is the kickoff to “Beautify Goshen Week,” sponsored by the Goshen Chamber of Commerce for 11 years now. We’re such a fan of the event that we’ll forgive math that’s slightly off. The “week” is actually eight days, all the more time and opportunity for Goshenites to make the Maple City a better place to live.

Spring lends itself to renewed exuberance and worthy efforts, and “Beautify Goshen Week” fits the bill. There’s no better time than the present, so let’s start today. We’re hard-pressed to think of a reason not to rid ourselves of garage clutter or junk that makes our yards less than what they could be.

In Friday’s paper, Goshen News City Editor Roger Schneider outlined what items Goshen residents can transport to the city street department this week. Check out the article online at goshennews.com, or grab a copy of Friday’s edition — then properly recycle it.

The article also suggested another plus to Beautify Goshen Week. It announced that the East Goshen Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a cleanup event along Blackport Drive today. Good for that group, but beautification is a fine idea all over the city, not just the east side. We say get to know your neighbors and find common cause in cleanliness wherever you live.

“Beautification” lacks the jolt of “jobs creation” or “crime reduction.” But it says something about our community, and can impact us both personally and socially.

Beautification efforts send a message about civic pride. When the unsightly is made scenic, we feel good about the place we call home. It suggests we’re willing to improve, and ready to do what it takes to make that happen. Also, it’s not far-fetched that people outside Goshen notice our enthusiasm, too. There are worse things to be than the best example.

Spring cleaning? Check the calendar. The best time is now.

 

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