Thursday, February 5, 2009

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD - 3


Today we visit MeadowLake, a community east of Los Lunas that stretches about 12 miles (19.3 km) along the southern border of the Isleta Indian Reservation, and is about 2.25 miles (3.62 km) wide. This seems to be the county's poorest neighborhood. Its 27 square miles (69.87 sq k) is filled (primarily) with mobile homes (house trailers' new name), many of which are situated on small lots filled with debris and junk and many of the trailers are in desperate need of repair I can think of many reasons for people being poor: bad things often happen to good people. But I can think of no good reason to live amidst trash. It doesn't take money to get up off your rear end, go out in the yard and pick up the trash. All it takes is self respect and a little of your labor.

But all is not gloomy in MeadowLake; the county has started a cleanup program to remove some of the worst abandoned and/or burnt out trailers and clean up some of the empty lots. Its a long battle with many legal battles to fight. A final word; throughout MeadowLake there are home owners with a sense of pride and who keep their homes and lots clean, pretty and inviting.

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