Cheesy, yeah, and trite, I guess, but this column is about giving thanks, and I have a lot to list. For the purposes of “Where We Live” I’ll stick to Shoreline/Lake Forest Park.
First, I’d like to thank Shoreline Public Schools, Parkwood Elementary School, and Mr. Lirhus. I’d say we’re lucky to have such a system, but it’s not luck. We have a long history of good administration, supportive citizens, and really hardworking teachers and staff. My son is receiving a top-notch education and has visibly and documentedly improved in behavior and achievement since he started school.
I'm happy the City of Shoreline won awards for its planning. The American Planning Association and Planning Association Washington presented the city its award for Physical Plans/Large Cities and Counties for the Town Center Subarea Plan. In addition, Governor Gregoire named Shoreline a Judges’ Merit Award winner of her 2012 Smart Communities Awards, again for the Town Center Subarea Plan. The Sound Transit Link Light Rail project is proceeding according to its (glacially slow) plan and the city is getting in gear for its arrival. The city’s station planning process starts this spring! The Aurora Corridor Project is close to done, with only the 192nd to 205th section remaining, the Phase 1 Master Plan for the Park at Town Center was adopted, set in motion becoming a Tree City, the Council approved the Aurora Square Community Renewal Area, and all recent amendments to our Comprehensive Plan should be in place by the end of the year. Thank you, Shoreline for improving where we live!
City of Lake Forest Park is studying its Southern Gateway. I’m thankful they listened to their citizens and reconsidered what had been proposed previously.
I’d like to thank all those who’ve come to Patch, all those who have “friended” us on Facebook (if you haven’t, DO IT), and in particular my readers, agree or disagree, as the point of this thing is to nurture the conversations necessary to help our cities grow and develop in the most positive ways through a thorough conversation about what route we have to use to get to the best destination.
And I’d really like to thank Tony Dondero. He’s an excellent editor, and does a hell of a lot to make Shoreline/LFP Patch what it is. In fact, I have no idea how he fits that much writing, meeting, and working in a given day! He has helped me develop as a writer. He took a chance on an opinionated fellow who’d never written a regular column before.