Growing By Leaps and Bounds
My hometown is growing by leaps and bounds. In fact, our most popular local bird at this moment is the construction crane. At least eight, maybe more, high-rise developments are going up within downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. It’s exciting and alarming to see so much change so quickly.
I’m not complaining. The adage is that if you’re not expanding as a city, you are contracting. This is the view I have outside my apartment balcony. It’s an 18-story luxurious condo building with fabulous amenities and ground-floor retail space. I’m hoping for a coffee shop – a coffee shop with pastries.
In the middle of Central Avenue in the 400 block, they’re constructing a 46-story behemoth that will be the tallest building in the city. My 100-year-old favorite co-working building sits just across the street from the site, and the noise is pretty distracting. I had to move to my second favorite co-working space. From experience, I know that when they get to about the eighth floor, the sound also rises out of earshot. I’m waiting for that chance.
Finally, here’s the view from my current co-working space, where I do most of my writing. It’s another 18-story apartment building to serve the folks that want to live in the middle of the night scene in the area.
I don’t mind. Okay, I mind a bit because I can’t walk from one end of town to another without crisscrossing Central Avenue several times. I figure I have at least another year of this. I think it will be worth it, but I worry.
What is happening in your town that causes you to feel uneasy?
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