Owner, Jones & Co. Vintage, Dig Windsor
The word fix alludes to something that is broken. Instead, I see the current state of Windsor as a blank canvas. I believe we face a similar question that has confronted many great North American cities searching for an identity in a post industrial society.
Windsor and her industry economy have nurtured and supported residents and their families for generations. Starting as far back as the 1920s, people migrated to Windsor for a better life. A factory or construction paycheck could afford a family a home, car, medical and even dental care, and the possibility of future considerations for their children.
And that wasn’t just enough, that was the dream.
A lot has been forgotten in a few short years; prosperity has changed us. The world has changed rapidly, and so has Windsor and its inhabitants. We not only want more, we expect more.
Windsor is unique among other Canadian cities; a person can carve out the life of their choosing here. Windsorites enjoy a city with a low crime rate, affordable real estate and a comparatively low cost of living. Residents can buy a home, have the size of family of their choosing and enjoy a quality of life often unattainable in other Canadian cities. As well, our proximity to Detroit grants us unparalleled access to world class arts and entertainment.
The complaining that is commonplace in our city (and in our world) too often takes the place of action. Our modern penchant for instant results has us lacking the patience and drive that is required to effect lasting changes in our city.
The answer lies within us. To paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi, ‘be the change you want to see.’