Friday, April 18, 2008

And the winner is....

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER
After doing a lot of research and prayer, Heath and I are moving to Denver, CO. The decision was a very difficult one. While Portland is the mecca of the planning world, and am sure would still be a great experience, we were pulled toward Denver after learning more about its program.
PORTLAND
Heath was very impressed with the faculty and administration and Portland. He loved the city-- especially loved the transit system. He rode the light rail and the street car mostly the whole time. He loved the environment with the picturesque mountains and the green. But when it came down to it, the PROGRAM wasn't exactly what he is passionate about. While at orientation, one of the alumni said to him straight out--"if you are interested in design, this is not the school for you." Portland is very much centered around policy, which is important, but not the emphasis he is looking for. While we are sure this is a decision between good and good, we both feel Denver will offer Heath want he needs to go forward in his career.
DENVER
In making this decision, Heath spoke to planning professionals, past professors and city leaders in what they would look for in a planner--which school you attended or what skills you had, knowledge of either school. One comment hit both of us hard: "Policy planners are a dime a dozen, but planners with a design background are the wave of the future." It's funny, as I'm writing this, I am having another confirmation that we made the right decision. :) We've been to Denver and love the city and the surrounding area, but never have been to the campus. Heath is trying to arrange a meeting up there. In researching the program, it was like...a no brainer! As we read through it, it was describing every interest and passion Heath has in planning... creative design, new urbanism, sustainable living, environment and health...etc.
We are excited for the change and of course a little nervous. I try not to think about moving because it just makes me sad. But I know from many past experiences that change can be good. School starts for Heath on August 11. We're looking at living at this development called Stapleton (which of course is a new urbanism development) You can check out the site @ http://www.stapletondenver.com/
We love you and thank you for your prayers and support.
P.S. Thank you for all your votes!!!! We loved that!

9 comments:

dixonfamily said...

Good for you guys! I am sure you will be happy and do well in Denver. Isn't it so nice to have your decision made? I think half of the stress is just figuring out what you want to do. GOod luck to your cute family!

Abby Runyan said...

I have only heard GREAT things about Denver. One of my best friends lived there for 4 years and are wanting to go back. I'm totally excited for you guys. Sad that as soon as we are moving back you guys are taking off. What a fun adventure.

Debbie said...

Yeah!! I wanted you to come to Denver! I actually voted twice (once from my husbands account). Let me know if you need any help while getting set up, a place to stay while house hunting, etc. I would love to help out if at all possible. See you soon.

The Blakes said...

Congrats! I'm sure you'll love it there, but we'll miss you around here. When do you go?

Jill Manning said...

Okay it is official, I am totally and completely jealous that you get to live in Denver! I will be living there again, I just know it! Congrats on making a decision and knowing it is right, that makes moving so much more pleasant! And Stapleton would be a great place for someone like Health...it used to be the airport and what they are doing with it is exactly what he would learn about in school! It all sounds so perfect for you guys!

Jared and Lauren said...

Congrats!! "We are excited for the change and of course a little nervous."
Amen to that! That is exactly how I'm feeling too...
Good luck and keep us updated!

Terra said...

Congrats! That's awesome to have that big decision out of the way. I hope you love Denver. Good luck with the move.

Maren said...

Stacey, You will love it & you can start the Secret Stitch Club - Denver chapter. I am excited for your little family to grow & Heath to further his education. Just think the years will fly by and you will say, "remember when we lived in the Mesa ghetto?" You will be sorely missed. Who thought you would become such a sewing die-hard. You are even giving Abbey "the workhorse" a run for her money... You go girl!

The Roberts' Report said...

I'm all for colorado. I just sounds so much cooler then oregon! Congrats!!!