Sig­nage for Brook­lyn

Annapolis Valley Register - - OP-ED -

I no­tice many Nova Sco­tia com­mu­ni­ties have th­ese blue place name signs by the side of the road, usu­ally with some cutesy lit­tle motto or syrupy apho­rism to lure the tourists into stop­ping. You know the sort of thing: Middleton’s “Heart of the Val­ley”, or Ma­hone Bay’s “A Trea­sure Since 1754.”

I’m think­ing our own lit­tle Brook­lyn should have some­thing along those lines, but I don’t re­ally like “cutesy.” I think it should be some­thing a lit­tle more truly rep­re­sen­ta­tive of our cir­cum­stances, cul­ture, and re­cent his­tory. Sadly, the last in­cludes on­go­ing fights about un­wanted, in­ap­pro­pri­ate, and ob­vi­ously de­struc­tive com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ments.

So here’s a few sug­ges­tions to get the ball rolling. I sus­pect the De­part­ments of Tourism or Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture, or who­ever else de­cides such things, will pre­fer to come up with their own, but I bet they won’t be as pithy.

How about “Brook­lyn - Don’t Mind The Road; It’s Due For Paving In 2048” or “Brook­lyn - It’s OK; That’s Just The Mink Mill You Smell” or per­haps “Brook­lyn - The Gall Blad­der of The Val­ley” (well, Middleton claims to be the Heart, so the only good or­gan is al­ready taken). Then there’s “Brook­lyn - Come Clearcut Our Forests - It’s the Nova Sco­tia Way” (this de­serves a lot more let­ters to the ed­i­tor just by it­self). And then there’s “Brook­lyn - We Think There’s Some­thing in The Wa­ter,” “Brook­lyn - We Dont Need No Skool,” the slightly omi­nous (but true) “Brook­lyn - Armed and Ready,” “Brook­lyn - Strug­gling To­wards Se­ces­sion,” and my per­sonal favourite “Brook­lyn - Re­sist­ing Bad Gov­er­nance Since 2009.”

Per­son­ally, I live for the day when we can have one that says “Now En­ter­ing Brook­lyn - All Ve­hi­cles Stop For Bor­der In­spec­tion,” but maybe I’m a lit­tle hard­line.

But don’t get the wrong idea - this is a great lit­tle com­mu­nity to live in or to move to - but, like any other small ru­ral lo­ca­tion in Nova Sco­tia, pre­serv­ing a clean and safe en­vi­ron­ment, with healthy forests and wa­ter­ways, is an on­go­ing strug­gle in the face of this prov­ince’s (and par­tic­u­larly An­napo­lis County’s) nearly non-ex­is­tent, ar­chaic and ut­terly in­ad­e­quate land use and forestry reg­u­la­tions and en­vi­ron­men­tal safe­guards. The mes­sage here is: If you want to have a nice home any­where in ru­ral Nova Sco­tia, and keep your prop­erty value, you’d bet­ter be pre­pared to fight for it. And keep fight­ing. You never know who’s go­ing to buy the prop­erty next door and try to tox­ify it one way or an­other. And, trust me, the gov­ern­ment’s not here to help you.

Res­i­dents of Brook­lyn who may dis­agree with my sig­nage sug­ges­tions or (some­what) un­ortho­dox opin­ions in gen­eral, are, of course, wel­come to come up with their own ideas. In other words, “Brook­lyn - OK, You Think of Some­thing.”

Frank Thomas Brook­lyn, An­napo­lis County

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