I’ve been thinking a lot about before and after lately. About being in a space where I’m right in between the first part of my life and the second part. This has been caused by several events:
- My father’s 70th birthday (and my mother’s coming up)
- My brother’s visit (I haven’t seen him in many years)
- The passing of both of my husband’s parents
I also started a new job – finished the first part of my career and launched the second. All of this has me pausing to consider where I’m at in my life. Analyzing my early years, anticipating what is to come. So when I saw an interview on CBS Sunday Morning about a photographer who captures places in transition from day to night, I was fascinated.
Stephen Wilkes specializes in photographing that space in between one part of the day to another, when metamorphosis happens. These photos are captivating (visit his website to see this series of photos). My favorite is his shot of Coney Island.
The Good News for today is that before and after is neither good nor bad; they are just different states with their own merits. And the space in the middle is magic. I plan to make the most of it.
It’s official…Kansas City is one of the best places to live. Well, at least we’re in what will be the most livable region in 2032.
Gallup recently conducted a study that included economic, workplace, community, and personal choice factors, to identify what will be the best regions for people to live. Cities in the West North Central region, which includes Missouri and Kansas as well as neighboring Iowa and Nebraska, are “poised for the brightest future”.
While Gallup says we may be on track for the ‘brightest future’, I think we’re bright already. There are so many wonderful things about Kansas City, from the fountains on the Plaza, to all things Kauffman (Center for Performing Arts, Foundation, Stadium, I could go on).
Right now we’re the center of national attention, thanks to:
Time’s (Techland) coverage of Google Fiber led with “Never before have so many people all of a sudden thought, ‘I wonder if Kansas City is a nice place to live’.” (article by Keith Wagstaff) If you’re not convinced it is, others are. As listed by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, KC has received the following awards:
- Liberty & Lenexa suburbs rank in the 100 Best Cities to Live in the United States, Money Magazine, 2011
- Most Sports-Crazed People, Travel + Leisure, Nov. 2011
- “America’s Best Downtowns,” Forbes, Oct. 2011
- “Best Cities for Foodies,” Travel + Leisure, Sept. 2011
- Six area high schools rank among Nation’s Best, Newsweek, June 2011
- Top 10 Cities for College Grads, Livability, June 2011
- Best Cities for Moms, Daily Beast, May 2011
- Top 10 Moving Destination, U-Haul International, Feb. 2011
- Most Affordable U.S. Cities, Forbes, Jan. 2011
The Good News for today is that we’re in a pretty good place, literally. And it’s only going to get better.
Why do you think Kansas City is the best place to live? It’s not a competition…it’s a celebration. Please share your comments.
You will be able to soon. Last week, Google promoted that there will be a major announcement on July 26 about the ultra-high-speed network.
If you’ve missed the buzz, Kansas City was chosen out of 1,000 communities as the optimal place to launch their new fiber-optic service. I recently heard Rachel Hack, Kansas City’s Community Manager for Google, talk about what this means for the area. It’s exciting thinking about the possibilities and how this will improve our lives.
In addition to individuals in their homes, Google Fiber’s hi-speed connectivity will benefit:
What is Google Fiber?
Google Fiber is a fiber-optic network, which uses lasers to transmit pulses of light across bundled strands of glass as thin as a hair. The strands of glass are called fiber-optic cables. Compared with the metal wires of dial-up and broadband connections, they allow us to send and receive information at far greater speeds less expensively. Fiber-optic networks are 100 times faster than the average broadband connection in America and 20,000 times faster than the average dial-up connection. (source: www.GoogleConnectskc.com)
I’m on their email list so looking forward to updates and progress reports. Stay tuned for my next installment about why Kansas City is such a great place to live (Gallup makes it official).
To learn more about Google Fiber:
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