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Happy New Year, Beaverdale

Posted December 27, 2012 in Advice Column, Beaverdale

There is much to be thankful for and much to be accomplished in the future for the metro’s very best neighborhood.

Let’s talk about diversity. We have plenty of diversity, and as far as I know, always have. Socially, there seems to be plenty of diversity, although I’m talking more about property values, family size, ages of homeowners, income levels, etc. This is what makes America so great and so successful. This is why we shine in Forbes magazine, why people all over the country have heard of our little peace on earth and why we have so much more opportunity to grow.

Let’s capitalize and continue to grow into the model American neighborhood. Let’s work on getting the schools some good publicity, the businesses lots of customers and families spending time outside. As you all probably know by now, my view is geared toward a future of wide sidewalks, beautiful, environmentally-friendly, low-maintenance landscapes and street lamps. I ran into Urbandale the other weekend on a jog. They, too, similar to Ingersoll, are ahead of us on the sweet sidewalks and such. In real estate, this is more attractive for people moving and staying in that neighborhood.

We have great things to be proud of that are a few steps alongside and ahead of the curve here as well, including bike lanes down our main streets,  trails and connections to the trails all around us and our very own DART bus routes. Things are now better than ever here in Beaverdale. We are getting there, although we need more future vision of density, more visibly people not in their cars, more block parties and continued fabulous Beaverdale parades, fall fest activities, live events, etc. We have the opportunity to continue to attract a very diverse population, and that is the direction where we would be most comfortable heading toward within our community.

In green building and real estate right now, there is a shift toward urban living such as where we live here in Beaverdale. Let’s catch the bus early and plan on allowing growth within our boundaries. We should welcome more diversity on all levels into our neighborhood. We need to be open for business to the metro. Think about all the businesses here. If we had a little prettier look and healthier feel involving people outside (not in their cars), we could easily be more of a destination for people around the metro and beyond. Let’s shine with our forward-thinking and pride. Our opportunities are endless for being the coolest ’hood in the country.

Come on! Let’s make it a great year in Beaverdale. Your ideas are welcomed when we see each other around the neighborhood as I would love to write about your idea or two.

Information provided by Matt Connolly, Generation Green Builders, 3521 Beaver Ave., Des Moines, 515-453-6196.

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