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Sometimes it is better not to see the sausage being made. The process can be less than appealing, but most of us like the result and are glad someone went to the trouble to do it. True too for community building.

Transferring title on an existing home is challenging enough; building a home from scratch can be even more so. Development and home building can be about as messy as it gets. Schedules, contractors, mother nature and human natures -- imperfect all. Perfect dreams being quantified dollar by dollar into imperfect reality tends not to be pretty.

One new development, house and neighborhood at a time is how our town is built. It takes REALTORS®, builders and developers making their version of sausage to make our town. It takes others to sustain it. One project at a time, our town is maintained, renovated and renewed. Sometimes it’s single owners maintaining and renovating their property. Regularly, it’s non-profit groups, government agencies and neighbors collaborating to make Lincoln and its neighborhoods beautiful and welcoming.

We Lincolnites are people who build, serve and share. We participate; in non-profits, elected office, in our businesses and in our own neighborhoods. A rising tide floats all ships, and our ship is sailing well.

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In my neighborhood, we have an annual potluck with all sorts of yummy dishes. Together they, and we, make a feast. We build and celebrate our community over a meal and conversation. Our neighborhood is new, and conversation often includes memories of the still-fresh pains of the building process. We always conclude that the challenges, the messes, were worth the prize of this place. I think the same could be true for neighbors in neighborhoods, both new and old, all over this town.

One of our neighbors always contributes some delicious smoked meat to our meal. Their work behind the scene makes a great, and easy, meal for us. We might include some sausage along with the brisket one of these years. Thanks to them, all those others, and all of us who make the sausage and make this place called home.

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