Talk about lucky! That's me and my team at our real estate firm. Lucky because we get to meet amazing people almost every day,including here at Active Rain. Lucky because we get to see amazing places and properties almost every day. Lucky because of the riches... in challenge... in good company... and in wealth of the generous kind..
At this season of the year, we have so much for which to be thankful.
This is a cameo of a family who gave me a focused definition of the word, "appreciation"...
Barb and Tom, our real estate investment clients, and their 16-year old son, Connor. Connor is in a continuing conversation about "smart growth." Barb and Tom kid him..."Maybe we should buy your shoes a size too big." Connor laughs...and they all know he is serious about "Smart Growth." He's been volunteering on a couple community projects, and invited them to come along.
One of the projects involves walkable and bikable neighborhoods.
Down by the River, where the railway and warehouses are,
a group of people have been working on a portion of a greenway.
That particular corridor is protected open space for conservation and recreation.
"Smart Growth" is a term that Asheville and other communities are using to articulate their goal for a relatively compact pattern of development that accommodates a diversity of people, housing types and jobs. "It works well for everybody," Connor will tell you, " and makes efficient use of public investments." Asheville's growing greenway system will offer a minimum of 14 corridors and 29 miles of trails connecting the places where people work, live and play. Connor inspires me and makes me feel grateful. He's excited about being a part of the greenways group. There are all ages an "sorts" of folks involved, including a group of ECO certified REALTORS. The broad-based citizen participation is a real selling point to Connor, as it is to many of the families who are searching for excellent value in Asheville real estate and then are relocating to Asheville for quality of life, a sense of place and community. Connor's even considering going in to new urbanism as a career. Hands-on experience will serve him well.
Hearing Connor's story makes me smile. Today I am grateful for the promise of Positive Futures Connor and his parents represent. I'm all for that. Often I speak to my real estate investors on how this plan adds value. I point to Connor's project as an example of how design for future reuse and adaptability means the possibility of a strong return on investment.