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Go Green

Written for Friday Fast Fiction. 100-word photo prompt. Photo by Marie Gail Stratford.

 

“The one thing I shall be remembered for is the man who demolished Bloomingdales.” Said the Mayor of New York addressing the German Green Party delegation.
“What will become of the site then?” Questioned a Herr Reisemann.
The Mayor considered this important question before answering. “Trees…yes trees, will be planted.”
“And the occupants?” Queried Herr Reisemann.
“Oh, them…once they realize they’ve no workplace to go to they’ll do something else.”
“All 4500?.”
“Certainly. They can go away and get into something productive, like farming.”
“ Intelligent man that Mayor.” Said Herr Reisemann to his colleagues as they trooped out.

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Not so young man about town who, having witnessed and enjoyed life, is presently having fun, writing about those by-gone times and life in general.

29 comments on “Go Green

  1. neilmacdon
    November 8, 2017

    That’s going to depress agricultural wages

    Liked by 1 person

  2. James
    November 8, 2017

    I suppose killing capitalism and returning to a totally agrarian base may appeal to some, but in this case, I feel something sinister’s afoot.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bbryanthomas
      November 8, 2017

      Very sisnister. It’s the fundementalists green dream. Rip up the pavements. Not mine either.

      Liked by 1 person

      • James
        November 8, 2017

        That’s what I was imagining. Great story, Bryan.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Iain Kelly
    November 8, 2017

    It would be nice, but I suspect our cities are here to stay, and if anything expand. I prefer your vision.

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  4. granonine
    November 9, 2017

    Hmmm. Sounds like a utopian dream, and I’m wondering what 4500 people are going to do to pay the rent while the trees grow, and they’re looking for places to have a farm.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bbryanthomas
      November 9, 2017

      Exactly. Unfortunately my effort fell flat this week. I was trying to portray an incompetent mayor and a over zealous German Green

      Liked by 1 person

      • granonine
        November 9, 2017

        No, it didn’t fall flat. I clearly saw the incompetence and over-zealousness. Maybe because this is a somewhat controversial topic, people just haven’t wanted to point out how silly the whole situation is 🙂

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  5. Nan Falkner
    November 9, 2017

    Thank God for the Allies. Things would be so absolutely different otherwise!

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    • bbryanthomas
      November 9, 2017

      Different = Better or worse?

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  6. Mike
    November 9, 2017

    4500 people go try farming. They fail. Winter sets in. Then 4500 people cut down the trees for heat.

    Sounds like politicians around here.

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    • bbryanthomas
      November 9, 2017

      Exactly. Unfortunately my effort fell flat this week. I was trying to portray an incompetent mayor and a over zealous German Green

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      • Mike
        November 9, 2017

        No, your efforts did not fall flat. I got that message while reading your story. But I could help myself thinking about 4500 people coming full circle back to the incompetent mayor and a over zealous German Green. Anyway, love reading your story.

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  7. yarnspinnerr
    November 9, 2017

    🙂 No harm in dreaming. Liked this.

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    • bbryanthomas
      November 9, 2017

      Exactly. Unfortunately, my effort fell flat this week. I was trying to portray an incompetent mayor and a over zealous German Green

      Liked by 1 person

    • bbryanthomas
      November 9, 2017

      Exactly. Unfortunately my effort fell flat this week. I was trying to portray an incompetent mayor and a over zealous German Green

      Liked by 1 person

      • yarnspinnerr
        November 9, 2017

        NO! It is a very sane approach. We are just not prepared for a retrograde step.

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  8. Sandra
    November 9, 2017

    I don’t think your effort fell flat at all. I understood where you were going perfectly.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bbryanthomas
      November 9, 2017

      Thank you Sandra, I just feel the message was not clear enough

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  9. pennygadd51
    November 9, 2017

    I thought at first that you had overdone the incompetence, and then I remembered Donald Trump…
    What we’re lacking is intelligent, evidence-driven policy making. There is absolutely no doubt that the earth faces massive ecological problems; they’re global, and they need global action to solve them. The action will need all our technological skill, and a great deal of commitment by individuals.
    Well done, Bryan, for highlighting such a crucially important issue.

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    • bbryanthomas
      November 9, 2017

      You’re right. I had Trump in mind as the NY mayor. Incidently I live in Bonn where the WCC is presently taking place. Let’s see if Trump may have a change of heart.

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  10. Susan A Eames
    November 9, 2017

    I wasn’t expecting that! Nice idea though.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Alicia Jamtaas
    November 10, 2017

    Delightful twists and turns. May the mayor’s ideas work out in spades.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. Christine Goodnough
    November 10, 2017

    Someone once said, “The cause of problems is solutions.” You’ve captured that wisdom beautifully in you story.
    Don’t worry about not being clear. We flash fiction writers exist to make our readers jump gaps. 😆

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Danny James
    November 10, 2017

    Sounds like some reeducation coming op.

    DJ

    Liked by 1 person

    • bbryanthomas
      November 10, 2017

      That’s what’s needed Danny. Cheers

      Like

  14. Dale
    November 10, 2017

    I had to stop reading the comments… your story far from fell flat!
    Let us just say it sounds sort of good on paper. Don’T think the 4500 will agree though

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  15. Dahlia
    November 11, 2017

    I think the Mayor has only one plan in mind – to make himself be remembered. Famous or infamous!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • bbryanthomas
      November 11, 2017

      Quite right. But he does not know what to do and he’s not really interested in green projects, only being a politician.

      Liked by 1 person

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