You may know me from my days of coaching swimming in Lincoln (Eastborough, East Hills, Knolls, Lincoln Swim Club, Nebraska Aquatics or Lincoln YMCA Dolphins), or from my bicycle shops (Bike Pedalers and Walton Trail Company) and my work building trails throughout town.

You may also have been a Meadowlane, Lincoln Lutheran, Northeast (and then East) schoolmate. (Can you believe we are organizing our 50th East High class reunion next year?) Or, maybe I taught you or your kids Sunday School or Confirmation, or you’ve ridden with us on a Tour de Nebraska bicycle adventure. Through all this, and through my wife Susan and her family (the Larsons), I know Lincoln and many Lincolnites. Our millennial sons, Max and Jack, both graduates of the University of Nebraska who chose to stay local, have opened my eyes to a whole new generation. Max is an attorney at Rembolt Ludtke law firm, and Jack is teaching and playing music professionally.

It is fun to watch Lincoln grow beyond my dreams. Former suburbs are now central Lincoln. Central Lincoln is transforming into hip places to live. I am excited to be a part of this evolution. I am happy to assist aging parents as they move out of the family home, and help the next generations move into them.

When Susan and I moved into our Country Club homes, there were more grandparents than kids. This is now changing, and we find ourselves being older than most of the neighborhood. New neighbor kids are shooting hoops in our driveway. We love it and plan to stay as long as we can.

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We have made many improvements to our home over 20 years. We added a deck and door to it. We put a fireplace in our living room. We installed wood floors, remodeled our master bath, re-landscaped, and otherwise maintained the home to the best of our ability. We even installed geo-thermal to save heating and cooling costs down the road. Hopefully, when it is time to sell, we will realize the value we have added. Until then, we are very happy here.

I embrace Lincoln, its history and families, and its changing landscape. Please call when you want to part of that evolution.

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L Magazine editor

Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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