I saw that someone had hung a sign on the trellis at the main entrance into Bells Bend that said "Keep it country," and I thought, "Well, wow." I mean, yard signs are one thing. Risking your neck to make a statement right along Ashland City Highway is another. This might not seem like a big deal to you city slickers -- but believe me, it is.
Where I come from (rural America), once you've lost the train trellis, you've pretty much lost the PR war. It doesn't matter how fancy-pants a website you have or how much money or how many friends in high places. Once the train tracks have been turned against you, it's really hard to recover.
Forget a new plan for a smaller-scale development, the Mays' only hope now rests in their ability to climb the local water tower and paint some pro-May Town wording on it. Of course, this is made somewhat problematic by the lack of water towers in Bells Bend. But they've got a lot of land out there. They could put up a water tower and then, just to keep it sporting, ask the cops to drive by every so often while they attempt to scale it and tag it.
And for you doubters, I would just remind you that professing his love on the water tower is what won Billy Bob the heart of Charlene. If the Mays would put up a water tower out there, maybe we could get Joe Diffie to play the groundbreaking for said water tower. That would be awesome. Who doesn't love Joe Diffie? Shoot, I bet Joe Diffie is the one person who could smooth over all the hurt feelings in the Bend. Even if no one puts up a water tower, we should bring him in on some kind of peacekeeping mission.