USA Today column.
This summer, I set out in a minvan with my husband and two kids to
check the nation's pulse, to meet with dozens of people who are on the
front lines, dealing with community problems from hunger to
homelessness, from unemployment to the lack of affordable health care.
expected to find people defeated from a long effort to deal with the
most brutal recession in our lifetimes.
What I found, instead, were
people taking the future into their own hands and shaping it with effort
One of the examples:
After 5,500 miles in 14 states, I'm hard pressed to remember meeting anyone who was not an optimist.
Buffalo, N.Y., Britney McClain led me through PUSH Buffalo's Green
Development Zone, where a bunch of 20-somethings are transforming a
declining neighborhood by renovating homes with green technology and
planting lush community gardens.