‘Natchezizing’ city codes is right movePublished 12:01am Tuesday, December 11, 2012
High school physics class taught us all that the world contains some universal truths.
You know, the kind of things that Sir Isaac Newton earned acclaim for first recognizing — the universal law of gravitation or the concepts of inertia, acceleration and action and reaction.
But what if Sir Isaac had ever visited Natchez? Would he have discovered anything unique about our little corner of the world?
Sadly, Sir Isaac died only a few years after the French first settled in Natchez, so it’s unlikely he’d ever heard of Natchez, let alone made the trip.
But if he had managed a visit, he might find there are three ways to do things in Natchez — the right way, the wrong way and the Natchez way.
Many of you may chuckle at the notion since, honestly, Natchez is an extremely unique place.
We could rattle off a list of things that make us unique. It might include a Christmas tree in the middle of a street, clubs with hoop-skirt dimension guidelines and a place where “Fat Mama” shares tamales with the world.
But rattling off the list isn’t necessary; you get the picture.
Natchez is unique. Period.
That’s why we’re thrilled to hear that the City of Natchez is working with local leaders, citizens and an outside expert — who is familiar with Natchez — to update the city’s codes and ordinances.
In a word, the aim is to “Natchezize” the code.
Quite frankly, some of our laws simply don’t fit a city of our size and historic character.
The goal, the mayor says, is to make the laws “more user- and business-friendly for the residents of a city like Natchez.”
That makes good sense to us.