Sunday, May 22, 2005

Reedy Fork Renegade

This nice letter from Kim was in my inbox when I arrived home from my brother's wedding this evening:

I read the article about your design for your ideal place to live in the paper this morning. I have to say - THANK YOU!!! Your design is identical to my design, and is, in fact, a perfect description of my hometown.

I grew up in a small town in Upstate New York that is almost exactly as you'd like your ideal place to live. You don't know how much I miss that place! From my parents' house it takes just minutes to walk to anything you might want to walk to. Restaurants, bars, the school, grocery store, pharmacy, and until recently, a movie theater. There is a beautiful village park that plays host to band concerts and a Farmer's Market weekly during the summer. The entire community comes out to enjoy those.

Grades K - 12 are all housed on the same campus right in the middle of town. If a student forgets their homework, chances are the teacher will send them home to get it, since for most of the kids it's just a short walk. I am a big supporter of community schools.

Anyway, I was very happy to read about your design. I've been saying that for years and people seem to think I'm nuts. It's great to know that I'm not the only person who is thinking along those lines!

Also, I read your blog post about Reedy Fork. Hehe. I live in Reedy Fork. . . . You're right, it is just a housing development. I had high hopes that it would turn into a small town environment, but my hopes are eroding. I hope it does, though. I mean, yes, we have sidewalks, but they lead to nowhere. I want a destination when I walk.

I hadn't thought about it, but Reedy Fork is still in its beginning stages -- it might be possible to integrate more services into the development itself, if the developers are so inclined.

It turns out that Kim is a blogger, too. Her blog is called Poppins' Ponderings. Always nice to meet a new Greensblogger!


Unknown said...

I could use a little help. I am a fellow blogger, and I have a question that relates to the links on your page. Whenever I want to post a link, the only way I know how is to type the entire web address, yet you have sleeked it down to "Poppin's Page" or whatever you like. How is this?

Unknown said...

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