Springfield’s aesthetic qualities an important attractor

Geoff Pickle, Web Editor

The difference between walking and driving in Springfield is astounding.

Sights, smells, tastes and experiences that get lost in the minutiae of a drive-by can be fully realized and appreciated with a good, long walk. And with fall coming up sooner than I can say “beauty,” the aspects of the city hitting our senses are on the cusp of reaching their individual crescendos.

With all of the focus that gets put into the goings-on of businesses on a day-to-day basis, one can forget the aesthetic qualities of this great city that houses them.

Don’t get me wrong. Businesses are the past, present and future of Springfield. They are a large attractor of people to Springfield, and they have the ability to keep people here.

Within the city, it can be easy to forget where we live. The Ozarks could arguably be one of the most gorgeous places in the world, and while Springfield often takes advantage of our area’s natural beauty – the area’s parks come to mind – the focus on our surroundings could (and should) be increased.

If a recent report from Forbes magazine is any indication, the Springfield housing market could become more attractive.

If this comes to pass, the result could potentially means an increase in people, a greater need for jobs and (hopefully) more businesses.

Wouldn’t it be great if Springfield continued to develop in a beauteous way?

Downtown, with its careful development and redevelopment keeping the antique feel of old Springfield alive; area parks, with trees, green grass and biking and walking paths keeping the Ozarks feel thriving; and an almost playground-esque system of nooks and crannies make this a town a great place to live.

Businesses are a mark of the staying power of a city, but it is important to remember the effect a city’s natural charm can hold on its residents.

As a Springfield area employee, citizen and fan, I can only hope that this town continues to increase its aesthetic appeal not only for the good of its current citizens and businesses, but for the eventual possibilities that lie before us.

Want to get involved? Citizens have a say in Springfield’s upcoming development. The city’s Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee will be asking for citizen feedback during the fall on its ideas for the next 20 years of Springfield life, with one of its goals focusing on the natural environment. Information can be found on the planning Web site.


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