Malaise is a state of mind

Published 11:26 pm Monday, August 23, 2010

During these waning days of summer before the chilly nights and cooler days get here, it’s easy to fall into a malaise.

But the city of Selma can’t afford this slow-down, negative approach. When the doldrums hit one of us, it affects all.

There are good things happening in the city. We just have to look around.

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Workers are crawling all over what will be the Civil Rights Interpretive Center at the corner of Water Avenue and Broad. A building once boarded up and abandoned now has windows. It’s beginning to take shape again.

Farther down Water Avenue and behind the Restaurant on Grumbles Alley, workers are laying down a walking path — the beginning of a Riverside Park for the entire city to enjoy.

Those who woke up early enough this morning grabbed the first offerings of the Farmer’s Market at the pavilion at Bloch Park, which is undergoing a facelift of sorts.

And Valley Creek Park, the children’s area just a stone’s throw from the Farmer’s Market will soon have better equipment and become accessible to handicapped children, thanks to a grant from the Selma Rotary Club and the generosity of council member who give of their oil and gas money to improve the equipment there.

Not far in the future a group of military recruits and city officials will break down the city into manageable parts for a real facelift, getting rid of trash and litter that detract from Selma’s beautiful and historic homes and stores.

Temperatures may rise during the day. That energy level might be a bit low, but things, good things are happening all over.