“We have a strategic plan… it’s called doing things!” – Herb Kelleher. (Ex CEO of Southwest Airlines)
Good stuff… I miss seeing some of those old Southwest Airlines commercials featuring Herb. He was a go getter and a getter doner, (another word I just made up). I’m going to keep plastering his quote at the bottom of these columns because I think it fits perfectly with what Luling Main Street is currently trying to do. Not just parading around here with good intentions, but actually trying to impact our community in a positive way, by “doing things!”
I’ve been doing this Main Street stuff for a few months now, and I’ve seen how sometimes it can be tough getting things done in a timely manner when operating in a larger group setting. Everyone at some point has been hindered by the “bureaucratic red tape” phenomenon and I’m sure we can all recall a situation where we feel the process should have been a lot easier than it was. We are not immune to it here on Main Street either, but if we are all realistic, we just have to realize that there is usually more to it than you think, things won’t always go as smoothly as you wish, and sometimes there really isn’t much you can do about it.
Our group is always trying to come up with ideas that will beautify and impact the district. Many ideas are small deals, but some are large projects with seemingly impossible odds, aforementioned red tape, lack of funds, many other complicated issues to resolve, ect. ect. Some of these “great” ideas never see the light of day due to the above mentioned phenomenon. These things can have 101 hurdles that need to be cleared and any one of them can kill the deal. So sometimes when it looks like progress is slow, it’s not for a lack of effort.
So with all that being said… We have been working on planting some pretty good sized trees in the downtown bump outs to improve downtown aesthetics and to provide shade for benches that are currently there. We had put in lots of time and research on it; tree types that are best for our region and best for the individual sites, conceptual discussions with engineers and architects, and endless other behind the scenes stuff to make sure we did it the right way. We finally received TxDot approval to plant them on TxDot right of way and we were getting pretty far down the road with the whole thing. But sometime many decades ago someone decided to put a water line 3 feet below the exact spot and it affected placement of every single tree in the whole four block area. Oh well… I guess we will just have to find another tall mountain to climb. Anyways, it’s not the end of the world, the ideas are still flowing and there are multiple things we are working on. I can guarantee that if we can get through all the choke points that are sure to come, the community will like some of the things we have come up with. We are ALL in this “promote and be proud of Luling thing” together so come and talk to us if you have some cool ideas or if you want to help us and become involved somehow. We’d love to hear from you. Thanks in advance…
-Derek Hall, Luling Main Street Manager
“It’s a Main Street Thing…” The Luling Newsboy & Signal [Luling, TX] 25 July 2013: Volume 134, No. 18
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