Join me for a moment in entering a dream state. Imagine living in a city in which the vast majority of people say that they live in good health and with enough energy to get things done daily; engage in and enjoy their social, cultural, and natural environments; feel safe; take pride in their community; know they are connected with family, friends, and organizations; like what they do and are motivated to achieve their goals; and, can manage their economic life to reduce stress and increase security.
Imagine, if you will, the effects of that lifestyle on the crime rate, school success, healthcare costs, racial distrust and animosity, civic engagement, and . . . . happiness on personal, neighborhood, and city levels.
It's that time of year again! We'll celebrate Arbor Day this Saturday at 9am, by planting trees and sprucing things up at McCord Park. This is always a fun event and there are chores for all ages and strengths.
I recently had the pleasure of experiencing the truth of a saying that is common this time of year: “good things come in small packages”. I was sitting at our campsite’s picnic table waiting for the day to clear. A goldfinch zoomed in, landing upside down on a round seed pod hanging in a close-by sycamore tree. He started to pluck at the pod foraging on the tiny seeds and accidentally releasing a squadron of delicate seed paratroopers to their fates in the light breeze.
Anyone who’s married has come to realize there’s usually more than one way of looking at a problem and what needs to be done about it. Anyone who’s in a successful marriage knows that solving the problem usually involves some give and take, some collaboration, between the spouses.
How does this pearl of marital bliss relate to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and city government? Read on my friends.
Come together for a neighborhood bike ride on Saturday, November 18, 10am at McCord Park (Armistead Road side). All ages and abilities welcome! We will enjoy each other's company and celebrate our neighborhood as a perfect center for cycling, running and walking.
Hurricane Irma is expected to bring at least tropical storm conditions to Tallahassee early next week. This is our preparation guide for Betton Hills residents.
A new academic year is underway and this would be a perfect time to begin volunteering as a mentor at one of our partner schools. Instructions for becoming a mentor are provided on this website and in this news update.
Sorry, this is a long article . . . sometimes an issue just doesn’t fit into a soundbite. This is one of them. The article presents the vote results and interpretation, additional information regarding ADUs, and the BHNA’s intentions for improving the proposed ordinance and integrating ADUs within Betton Hills.
The City would like make it easier for homeowners to build/use Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). ADUs are frequently called mother-in-law cottages, caretaker house, etc.
The BHNA is seeking your position on ADUs so we can determine a neighborhood position to present to the city commission. Please read the article, then write your comments on the Betton Hills Facebook Group or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should a commercial establishment be allowed in a neighborhood? In this case, it’s the Old Willis Dairy, now an event venue. Should it be allowed to continue operations within the neighborhood of Betton Oaks? Recently, the City Commission suggested that a Planned Unit Development (PUD) type of zoning be pursued, a decision that nearby neighborhoods and the Willis’ can consider an example of responsive governance.