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"Look around you, dummy. We live in a beautiful place."
This is the phrase pitched to me by Eric Cefus
of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation
one day when I stopped into his office. Eric was suggesting an intervention where we (Colorado Springs Urban Intervention
) would chalk the sidewalks with this phrase. It didn't sink in at first, but the more that I thought about it, I realized how important that this phrase is.
We're not a satisfied group of citizens here in Colorado Springs
. This can be a great attribute when we are willing to do something about it, but more often than not it’s counter-productive to be negative about where we live. After all, we are one of the largest cities in America
, and therefore need to be able to compete with other cities to sustain the demands of the citizens.
The point of this isn't to lecture — if it was, it certainly shouldn't come from me. I'm just as guilty about pointing out our city's shortcomings as anyone. But when I look around and travel to other places, I'm reminded that we live in a pretty damn good place.
I write this as sort of a New Year
resolution and reminder to myself that I need to be more positive and appreciate of the attributes of our great city. I hope you agree and consider being more positive too! Happy Holidays, see you again in the New Year!
John Olson is a licensed landscape architect, residing in Colorado Springs. He serves as the Director of Plannning and Landscape Architecture for EVstudio Planning & Civil Engineering. He is also a co-founder of Colorado Springs Urban Intervention, which implemented Better Block Pikes Peak in 2012, the recent Walkability Signage found in Downtown Colorado Springs, and perhaps most notably, Curbside Cuisine.