The town where I live is no longer the small town it once was.

Each May the Rotary sponsors the Franklin Rodeo, complete with a parade through town the week before, and a weekend filled with rodeo performances. It is well attended and lots of fun.

Currently it takes place in the Ag Expo Center, a large indoor arena. It began in a local outdoor park, subject to the weather and limited parking, but those things are no longer concerns. Progress…

Our picturesque downtown streets no longer have empty storefronts and pool halls. The Main Street Program helped spruce up the area so local businesses could set up shop and flourish.

Currently the place is so popular that rents are being raised and the smaller shops are being replaced by national chains and bigger interests. Again, progress…

This sweet picture shows a horse taking up a car parking space, and a local business that couldn’t compete with the higher costs. A view of how things once were in our city.

There is justification for most of these changes. But I wonder, where will all this progress lead us in years to come.


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