December of 2011 was the chapter’s end to a previous phase and the transition into anew. This was my second time shaving my head that semester; the first being in the benefit of a friend with cancer; the second time for my own personal destruction & growth; like how a flower blooms from the passing winter air, it was my time to set myself free. It was then I was exploring the Smashing Pumpkins’ discography and treading the waters of what I called the Billy Corgan Moment. The aeroplane flies high, turns left, looks right… it was the ride of 2012 that was about to begin.
Red Oak Creek flows just one block from the core of downtown, but, quite simply, it’s a mess. It presents an opportunity for creating an east/west link through the community for walkers and bicyclists, and in the downtown it offers the opportunity for another great public space. Red Oak Creek offers a chance to reclaim a bit of nature that has been lost – even disrespected – in Red Oak, and to reclaim it in ways that bolster downtown’s business climate and creates a place for families and children.