Barn Raising of a Different Sort

Last night I attended the Moscow Planning and Zoning Commission’s hearing on a proposal to rezone 77 acres to Motor Business. (Follow this thread at a blog called NoSuperWalMart ).

What struck me this morning was how similar that meeting was to barn raisings I’ve led. Last night, an assorted group people came together and built an argument against the rezone. They built something richer, and bigger, than any of them. They found roles to fit their own abilities, from orator to child care. As the evening went on, I think we all had a growing satisfaction in both the collective effort and what it was creating.

Unlike a barn raising, now we have to wait to learn if our argument will stand up.

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