December 19, 2018 By Tom Kus
A few weeks ago, when there were still some Autumn leaves left on the trees, I was out for a walk when I encountered a man with a very professional looking camera staring at houses and snapping lots of pictures. Being curious and always looking to promote Maywood whenever I see someone new in the area I stopped to make small talk with him and try to find out what he was up to.
His answer somewhat surprised me, in a pleasant way. He replied, "Do people that live here know what they have? This town is gorgeous, many of the homes are so varied and unique and they photograph so well with the changing leaves." After talking to him further, I found out he was doing something similar in Elgin the previous weekend, and said this was far more interesting here in Maywood than there.
Whenever I hear things like that it makes me proud of my community and all the effort neighbors have put into making the homes and properties attractive where we live. Many of you have heard me say this before, but we have come a long way in the last several years in the appearance of the village and much of it has been driven by homeowners who have taken renewed pride in the neighborhoods and where we live. We all have a lot to be proud of.
While the story I relayed above applies to a several block area near my house, the same thing is going on in many parts of Maywood. While we suffered from a huge amount of foreclosures in recent times, many of those houses have since been renovated and occupied by responsible homeowners, and it’s happening all over town. Whereas few years back whole blocks were looking desolate and not maintained, now it’s often just one or two houses on a block or none at all. Many of our neighborhoods have gone through a big change, mostly driven by homeowners, and it’s up to us to just take a 2nd look around and really appreciate what's happened in the last few years. We truly have much to be proud of. We also have more work to do to keep this going.
As the holidays are fast approaching (along with winter), let’s think of what we can do to keep this trend up. One of the things I noticed as time went by and improvements started was that more and more Christmas decorations started showing up on homes.
Perhaps we can all put a little effort into that this year as that is certainly something that brightens up the neighborhood and makes people feel happy about where they live. When that time passes, let’s start giving some thought to what we can do make our home look more attractive come spring time-whether it’s a new coat of paint, some fresh landscaping and perhaps more flowers which always brings out the best in a community. It’s our town, so let’s be proud of it and do our part to make it look the best it can be.
So next time you are out and about, take a second look at many of the blocks within Maywood. If you haven't noticed yet, we have and are continuing to go through a wonderful transformation, and albeit subtle it is very noticeable. It’s all due to our efforts, so let’s keep up the great work.
Hope all of you and your families have a safe wonderful Holiday.
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