Opinion: Predictions for 2021

John Levin. (John Levin)

OK, there’s a pretty clear consensus: 2020 was annus horribilis. And like all things horribilis, it thankfully came to an end.

One year ago, I offered 16 predictions for 2020.  How many came true? Sadly, I think I did terribly: while some are subjective, I count six wins (#1, 2, 9, 12, 14 and 16), out of 16 predictions, less than 40%.  Apparently, it’s not as easy as it looks.  Anyway, here’s 10 predictions for the new year:

  1. Rowayton gets a permanent Black Lives Matter sign.
  2. Discovering Brooklyn is overrated: Peaches returns to its original site on Wall Street. The “Peaches” sign is still there, and waits patiently.
  3. Norwalk’s Common Council entertains a citizen initiative seeking a town ordinance restricting restaurants from serving pitchers of Sangria that are more than 50% ice.
  4. “Private Road” and “No Trespassing” signs appear sporadically, and mysteriously, along Darien’s border with Norwalk, all facing into Norwalk!
  5. Columbus Magnet School is renamed.
  6. Blue beards start trending.
  7. Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling forms a town commission to evaluate renaming the Yankee Doodle, Walk, and Washington Street bridges.
  8. Heritage Wall on West Avenue will receive at least one new plaque.
  9. Recognizing the genius of Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, The Norwalk Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) holds an auction for naming rights to its South Smith Street sewage treatment facility. Bidders include John Oliver, Kanye West, WWE, Jason Milligan, and the Town of Wilton, but the winning bid is submitted by Brookfield Properties who will name it “The Other SoNo Collection”.
  10. Norwalk holds a city-wide celebration marking the effective end of the Corona virus pandemic.

On Jan. 1, 2020, John Levin predicted that “Arts continue to bloom in Norwalk; the SoNo sign, cleverly concealed below the railroad trestle at the corner of Washington and East Main streets, is temporarily altered.” Levin says he found this on New Year’s Eve. (John Levin)


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Lindsay Perry January 11, 2021 at 9:48 am

I think many of these that didn’t come true were excellent predictions, but #9 is my absolute favorite. Henceforth, shall be known as the Other SoNo Collection.

John O'Neill January 11, 2021 at 4:06 pm

One more for you John — I will stake everything I have on this one:
Eversource will raise rates and get lambasted for doing so. Fingers will point in multiple directions and our elected politicians will claim ignorance and threaten government takeover. After 2-3 weeks increase will be forgotten and life will go on.
When will voters begin to vote for legislators who:
A) Actually show up for committee meetings — Chris Perone are you listening?..We will be taking attendance loudly this year
B) Provide Norwalkers with more than free Ice Cream and Bus Stop advertisements. — AND I’m not spitting in the wind, I mean it…
C) Give us straight answers — Not the party bullet points. I’m saddened by those legislators who talk business acumen BUT do nothing to pay the bills…
I give Ed Camacho credit for building a machine that will tax the hell out of us but somehow is able to dominate the popular vote. That’s a great trick. I challenge him to go to work for GOP to see if he’s really that good or just lucky !!

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