The following is an excerpt from a work-in-progress called The Town I Live In.
Walking down Harbor this evening, passing under the railroad tracks, to "the other side of the tracks," the clear division, I had a vision of a fully integrated downtown. People walking under the tracks, back and forth, cool stores, theaters, comic book shops, coffee shops. A kind of downtown you get excited to even visit. Not because you know you are gonna get drunk, but because there is an undefinable sense of good vibes there. Stuff happening all around, all the time. Beautiful.