When Was The Last Time You Really Saw Portsmouth?
We all get older and advance through many stages of our lives. We face good times and bad. These experiences change us and the way we approach the future. Very few have the luxury of being idle. Time passes so quickly as we, and those we love, age. Frequently we pause to look back and reflect on the past, but there are none of us have the ability to change. There are very few whose reflections result in reinventing the person they have become. More often than not we become "set in our ways" and change is a slow process. Usually it takes time for those around us to notice we have become different.
Compare this to the process that a City goes through and think of Portsmouth, Virginia. Its life spans generations; it has experienced good times and bad; it has had ups and downs; and it has changed over the past several hundred years.
But unlike a person whose change is an individual experience, a City is changed by the collective action or inaction of many individuals. Positive change is only brought about through leadership and management; diverse groups of people working together. It is a result of vision and drive.
Such a change is once again occurring. Change for a City, like a person, is still a slow process. To recognize that it has happened we must stop and reflect.
The video featured on the home page can help do just that. It is a reflection of what Portsmouth has become and an indication of what is on the horizon.
The featured footage is not inclusive of all the change in our fair City, but a representative sampling of individual projects that have contributed to the change; billions of dollars in new investment during the past decade. These are investments that would not have been made possible without hard work inspired through optimism founded by belief in positive change. Our City is not perfect, and we do not claim it to be so. But we do believe it has changed.
When was the last time you really saw Portsmouth?
Patrick J. Small
|Located on the world's largest and deepest natural harbor|
Home to the nation's oldest naval shipyard and one of the country's oldest and largest U.S. Naval Hospitals
|Within 750 miles of two-thirds of the U.S. population and industrial activity|
|Within 750 miles of two-thirds of the country's population|
|Recognized as one of the area's most "livable" cities through the International Livable Communities (LivCom) competition|
|Home to the historic downtown district, Olde Towne, which features the largest concentration of period architecture between Alexandria, VA and Charleston, SC|
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