Our Urban Renewal

Front of New Old House

Front of New Old House

A new phase of my life begins.

My wife, Meg, and I are purchasing a new home, part of an urban redevelopment. It’s shown at the right. We both grew up in Nebraska suburbs. Lots of lawns, big trees, and gardens. That’s pretty much how we’ve lived our adult lives. For me that’s been in Lincoln NE, and for Meg in Omaha NE and Cheyenne WY. Meg then got a job in Kansas City, told me she loved her employer, and I needed to get my rear in gear and move to KC too!

Our goal was to not spend another miserable winter apart and finally start living together (thank you Skype for keeping us together). So I started preparing for the move last spring, started applying for jobs in June last year, and moved here at the end of October. It is so very nice to have meals together each night and then sit on a couch to watch TV.

Right now I’m looking out of a 5th floor apartment over downtown KC. It’s been fun here, just  a 10 minute walk to the Power & Light District, a major tourist and entertainment destination in the city. But we longed for more space and something that was ours. Something we could paint in whatever odd colors we wished. Someplace to put our dragon weather vane on top of again.

One of the challenges was the pedestrian issue of cost. The other major issue was the future of energy prices. They are going UP↑ As the economy recovers; as China, India, Brazil, and other nations become bigger consumers, energy costs will rise. So the era of the suburb is going to be ending since it was a product cheap energy. And the populace will return to the cities where those jobs are. I’ve already been witnessing that with young adults such as our children. So how does one get cheap housing that’s close to work to reduce that commute time and driving costs? You redevelop the city.

Back of New Old House

Back of New Old House

Life is a mix of hard work and luck, though hard work seems to attract good luck. So it’s been with us. The University of Nebraska, where I’d worked, was having more and more budget cuts making it uncomfortable. And the housing market in Lincoln has not been good, we  will certainly take a loss on my house there. An inauspicious start to getting to KC. But through being aware and looking for opportunities, and luck, this house became available.

The choice was easy. It costs less to live there and it reduces Meg’s commuting time from an 8 minute drive to a 6 minute walk. In our effort to make our lives simpler, we have the possibility of owning just one vehicle. We can have our own herb garden for the lovely smells we want to make in the kitchen. And hey! I can start making beer again! All the while making an interesting neighborhood better. Life is looking good!