Change is not something that can be avoided. We may feel comfortable in our place and station, but it inevitable that something will alter our way of life. The world is changing and our response to change will determine our future. This is the same for cities like Scranton. The city must embrace change because nothing can stop the onslaught of change or progress.
It was not the first time that this has happened. The notion of “creative destruction” is a major part of our economy. It is the idea that there will be new inventions and innovations that will relegate prior industries and professions to going the way of the dodo bird. We accept this because we recognize the benefits that are derived from progress and innovation. The textiles were a key feature in London in the 18th century when automation was making its debut. The textile workers were worried that their trade and profession were in danger. They were right. What they were wrong about is that this would mean that they would not have a job or means of income to replace their former employment. Every time our society has been faced with breakthroughs in technology or innovation, new jobs would spring up to replace the ones that were lost.
The New Scranton
Scranton often appears to have an old soul. As charming as this is, there is recognition that this folksy sentiment staves the tide of progress for the city. The reality being that the march of change will continue and Scranton will merely be left out. But this does not have to be the case. Scranton can very much be part of the dizzying pace of technological innovation that surrounds us. Our nation is on the cusp of doing truly extraordinary things and the Scranton people can be a part of it. The truth of the matter is that Scranton will definitely change. The only question is will it be for the better or worse. I see no reason why it cannot be for the better. I think that the Scranton people have accepted the way things are done in Scranton long enough. There is a cry for innovation, newness and excitement. When I first came here, the universal reaction was that Scranton was a town with dwindling prospects. I saw something different; I saw a city with amazing potential. The only thing that is required for the realization of this potential is for the Scranton people to believe in their own potential. The purchase of the Steam Mall is great, but it is not enough. The city is capable of far more! There are countless things that the City of Scranton can do to create an amazing sustainable city for everyone. The technology, resources and talent are all here. We can harness it and accomplish truly amazing things. I’m glad to have met countless people who believe this who are not content to just think about the future of Scranton as a dream. They are dedicated to seeing it brought to fruition. So we implore all of you, c’mon let’s get to work!