In the past two weeks, plenty of people have asked me if I think the people in power are swayed by my ideas. I doubt it. Maybe if I strike a note that follows something they already thought was smart, what I write may bump it up a few notches on their priority list. Or, for all I know, they want to be certain it was their idea and my mentioning something they were thinking about drives it down on the scale. Who knows? On the other hand, I wonder if regular people understand how complicated any small change for the city can become. This week, parts of me wanted to gather information on both ends and suggest something very tangible, while explaining that even small changes take time. So this is a Christmas piece: Christmas 2008. Wake me a year from now and tell me if it made any difference.