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December 31, 2013

A House, Home, & Community

December 31, 2013

When I look ahead to the next 365 days, I can only see, with excitement, the culmination of an ongoing project that has lingered for the last 6 months.

This past June, my wife and I signed a purchase agreement on a home to be renovated in the Southeast neighborhood of Fountain Square. Since then, our lives have been consumed with excitement as the home takes shape, and we draw closer to finally moving in. We are filled with excitement not only for moving in to our first house, but moving into a neighborhood that we care deeply about – a neighborhood that is home to many of our close friends.

I am looking forward to all of the comforts of our new house – cookouts on our new roof-deck with friends, hosting our family and friends in our new space, having a fenced yard to let our dog run around to his heart’s content, making meals with my wife in our kitchen, decorating for the holidays, landscaping, gardening, settling down and making the house a home, and yes, even the headaches that come with being a homeowner when things inevitably break.

However, our home is not an island, and as excited as we are to be moving into our specific house, we are equally excited to be moving into our new community and to become a part of the lives of our neighbors. It’s no secret that Fountain Square is currently seeing a pretty radical transformation. It’s not uncommon to hear the term “gentrification” thrown around in regards to what is happening there, and for my wife and I, it’s important to fight all of the negative connotation that is loaded into that term. For us, the end goal is to be part of a community that reflects love regardless of taste or socio-economic status – not one that looks to squeeze people out and raise property value.

I know that can be a weighty discussion, and it’s one that I am happy to discuss further with anyone interested – but for me, it’s important to keep in mind as we become part of our community.

The next 365 days will without a doubt be some of the most thrilling days I’ve ever experienced and for me, it all revolves around our house, our home, and our community.

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