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Basic Biittner :Things are looking up

Friday, September 22, 2006

First of all, let me start by saying, as will become readily apparent as you read this column, that I am not an architect, nor a student of architecture. What I am, among other things, is a guy who walks around with his head down and doesn't look up as often as he should. I'm also a guy who doesn't always notice things- which you can probably correlate with the "head down" thing.

For those of you who are like me in that regard, I urge you to walk around downtown Cherokee on a nice day, with your head up (for one thing, you'll be better able to see traffic that way). Look up at the tops of the buildings as you walk. Again, I am no student of architecture, but we've got some mighty impressive buildings on Main Street. I won't specify any here - looking around should tell you that.

What I am requesting is that everyone "stop and smell the roses," so to speak. Many of you, like me, have been in downtown Cherokee thousands of times, and haven't admired the downtown structures.

While you're at it, if you've never really looked at the main building at the Mental Health Institute either, try that on for size. Built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the MHI opened its doors in 1902 - 104 years ago. Several years ago, when I was working there, one of the surveyors from the Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation could not stop marveling at the building - both inside and out. Again, I had worked there for many years, and just took the facility for granted, I guess. I mean, that was my workplace, for Pete's sake. One goes about their business at work - they don't stop to admire the building.

But, we really should, you know. Cherokee has some wonderful old architecture. Take the time to take a look-see.

In addition to the structures I've mentioned, there are many classic "old" houses scattered about town, and a walk around Spring Lake Park can be a wonderful sight, too. We were out there yesterday, and a whole gaggle of Canadian geese were up on the lawn, by the walking path.

So, I want you all to open your windows, and yell "I'm mad as Hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!" Oops, wrong movie. What I meant to say was "Take time to enjoy your surroundings- they may be there forever, but in all likelihood, you won't."

Cherokee- you look pretty good for a 150-year-old dame.

Dan Whitney
Basic Biittner