The Gentrification Conundrum

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As we get older and older and people become more and more volitile the idea of gentrification (gen – tri – fa – kay – shen).  Gentrification becomes more and more of a possibility in many cities across the United States as the millennials (mill – in – e – als) continue to graduate and enter the work force. The need to house them becomes more of a problem because unlike most groups, they aren’t looking to buy houses, they are looking to stay in the midst of downtown where the entertainment is going down.

Ironically most cities have lost the thrill of the downtown environment. Many cities abandoned that philosophy as strip malls and shopping malls emerged in the late 80’s early 90’s to accomodate Generation X. Unfortunately for many, of the patrons of that era, their offspring don’t entail the same visions and prefer more of a classic lifestyle of public entertainment than simplicity and private indulgement. Continue reading

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The Day You Realize It’s Time To Let Go

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Letting go. It sounds so simple yet it’s super hard for some. I remember when I was younger, I would hold on to things for as long as I could and then realize that it was time to get something new. Getting something new is never the same. Whether it be a blanket, a bike, a car, a pair of jeans, or anything that you hold dear to your heart.

Being a creature of habit makes it hard to let things go. In college I had this pair of purple shorts that I wore to bed every night. I called them Purple Rain’s because well… I’m not sure this is the appropriate place to explain that when I wore them I brought the pain.. But I guess I kinda said it so there it is…

Once I get a routine, it sticks with me. I remember eating Bojangles every day for 2 years. I would pull up to the counter and they already had my food in a box waiting for me at the window. I never even had to order, they would see my car and tell me to pull on around. It was so bad that they even threw me a surprise birthday party one year.  Continue reading