Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it has been said for centuries, first appearing in Greek in the 3rd century BC and it continues today.
It has been that people can’t see the trees for the forest, or the forest for the trees. People have their eyes only on details and cannot see the overall picture.
The big picture is simply not in the picture. People see only what they want to see and are interested in.
The town of Pulaski was formed around a water tank when the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad came through. The steam locomotives needed plenty of water for journeys west and east.
That tank was near the present intersection of Randolph Avenue-Valley Street and Commerce Street. The community blossomed in that area with businesses building eye-catching multi-storied brick structures.
As time passed the business area eventually moved to the Main Street area of today. With progress came other brick buildings with attractive architecture and brickwork.
Many of those buildings have gone the way of “progress” removing the striking brickwork and architecture.
When downtown, look up. There are still samples of this intricate work; we don’t see it for looking ahead and talking about less pleasant matters.
Many conversations of the locals are the blight, litter, and the uninviting views of old buildings and, of course, the need to clean up and utilize Peak Creek.
There are people from other states who see our community through different eyes and differing views.
One such view was that “so many towns would kill for the setting” Pulaski as, with its “wonderful building stock” and Peak Creek.
You can’t see the forest for the trees, or you can’t see the trees for the forest seems appropriate.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.