Two roads diverged

October 23, 2013 

While in Dallas a few days ago on business, I smiled as I entered the "President George Bush Turnpike" which goes across the northern part of the Dallas metroplex through gleaming Los Colinas, Irving and Grapevine. Spotless area, beautiful buildings, nice retail, loads of restaurants and very nice apartments and homes, plus a new light rail and easy access to Interstate 35E and to downtown Dallas.

I then come home, cross the river and enter "Barack Obama Avenue" and confront a broken-down, desolate "failed state" in downtown East St. Louis: Littered streets, burned-out homes and buildings, a closed hospital and extension college, pot holes, few working traffic lights and a parking lot full of broken down police cars. Interesting contrast, I'd say.

Phil Henning


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