Sunday, December 28, 2014

Accentuating the positive

Posted By on Sun, Dec 28, 2014 at 7:56 AM

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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.

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