Bad decisions can be costly
Sometimes you don't realize how much "little" local decisions can impact your life until they come back and smack you in the face. Some North Providence residents are about to deal with that reality after someone in the distant past failed to come up with new names for four streets. Whether through a lack of creative thinking, lack of knowing or lack of caring, someone made the decision to give the same name to multiple streets.
Read my story on the situation HERE.
Imagine for a minute that you live on Adams Street and you get a notice in the mail saying the suffix on your street name has to change from "Street" to "Road." The letter mentions something about the emergency response folks being sure they're headed to the right home when a call comes in. Simple enough?
Then you start contemplating just how much of your life is tied into your street's name. There's the driver's license, the credit cards, the return mailing address, the deed on your home, the utility and tax bills. Then there's the voter registration, the social security account, the checks, the online forms...maybe even the wedding or party invitations that were already created and paid for.
You realize you're in for months of headaches. You expect to make those changes as part of the upheaval of a move, not because someone failed to do their job.
Fortunately for those impacted in North Providence, it looks like officials are going to foot the bill for the mistakes of the past. But even if residents don't have to pay for all the coming changes themselves, they're still in for a painful lesson on the cost of poor decisions.