On missing downtown living

I mentioned missing loft living a while back although couldn’t pinpoint exactly why. Last night the wife and I drove through downtown Grand Island, our old stomping grounds, just to see what was playing at the theater.

As we drove by she suggested that one reason we likely miss downtown is that we feel out of touch, disconnected. Even in a short five weeks (maybe it’s six now). Despite not deeply connecting with the downtown community — assuming there is one — during the eight months we lived on Third Street, there is something about living in the center of the city. (not speaking geographically).

We didn’t end up going to many movies at the theater downtown (though we intended to), but just knowing what was playing gave us more of a connection to the community than we have now. Watching the people walk to the theater, line up in the rain for a popular film. Or taking note of the empty parking spots for less popular films. Sure we have some great neighbors in our new hood, but that’s a small slice of the pie — a relational slice that I do count as quite important — even if we have more of a relationship with them than we did with anyone else downtown (and with effort we could probably have the same kind of relationships regardless of where we’re living).

Before living downtown I always assumed I’d like living downtown. After a while of actually living downtown, however, I wasn’t necessarily convinced. Part of the lack of enthusiasm on my part might, admittedly, have been a lack of effort on my part. But in retrospect, I did enjoy the place as I expected too.

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About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

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