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by Betsy Denson betsy@theleadernews.com If you’re prognosticating, you might as well be poetic about it. For The Leader’s Visions issue, I took to social media and asked people to haiku their predictions about life in the hood 25 years from now. Here was my mine: We’re the new West U?/Retail and dining galore/Nostalgia begins The following responses are in no particular order. (And we know – some aren’t technically haiku, but who’s counting syllables? It’s the visionary thought that counts.) Kirk Rodgers Happy bulldozers / Force the grudging rebirth of / An urban hometown I think what we need / more than anything else is / one more drive through bank

Carol Etzel The wind blows the Oaks/Whether past, now or future/A Forest of change. Lisa Gutierrez Central location / Looming McMansions now shade / Where modest homes stood Great community / A decent grocery store / I’m still hoping for Sierra Gray Jones Happy bungalows/Perilous inequity/ Calm after the storm Quiet little homes/Crashing, smashing, gone for good/Neighborhood wanted Bill Mallin Trees outside the loop/New construction, storms, and wind/Plant new seeds and grow. Facebook and Karno/Oak Forest has a

new face/Bat walk anyone? Melissa Hamous First, tiny acorn/Then mighty oaks and neighbors/Peace, Love, Squirrels, and home.

Families old, young/ welcoming as expected/the Oak Forest thrives.

but/ no more Starbucks, please

Ansley Stewart The Oaks always grow,/Our neighborhood always shows,/The past never fades.

Robert Mark Megna Each home on ground/ Where time’s heart beats together/ Tempos old and new!

Chris Lombardo Families, old and new,/Saw the Forest for the trees./An old Oak grew strong.

Robert Hayes taxes suck so they say./bigger houses in a day./neighborhood in array.

Garrett Tyra Frank Sharp plants a seed/Stray dogs roam looking for feed/This great home we need!!!

Peter Nester Thirty years later/ and the two-ninety feeder/ is still not complete Living so close to/ downtown has its pros and cons/ work from home trumps all Remember the time/ when cars ruled the road, now bikes/ make the freeways moot Light rail has finally/ made it to the neighborhood/ now we use jet packs Property values/ continue to climb,

Tracy Brandon Old and new abound/trying to make sense of it/change in the forest. Peace, Love, and Squirrels/Is our Neighborly Motto/Can’t Help But Love It! Loved my neighborhood/then higher taxes set in/must leave neighborhood!

Kyle Jones View from my porch swing,/Taller pines and taller homes./My grass still won’t grow. Juan Pl Oak Forest: Where the Past endears with the Future Marlene Perez Greatest schools around/with big houses everywhere/Is this river oaks?! Family friendly/Also very pet friendly/ Don’t forget your bikes!

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