It’s no secret that I love downtown Des Moines. I don’t know exactly when it began but I do know that I have not always appreciated it as I do now. Like many things, I believe that photography is why I look at the buildings, streets and alley ways with a different perspective and respect.
I love the mix of the older architecture alongside the new. I love that I can walk the length of it in an afternoon, though I seldom do because I usually find myself turning into alleys or side streets and discovering unique and surprising scenes and places. I love that it’s not just a city of brick and stone but there are parks and peaceful patios. The roof of the library is covered with grass! People smile and say hello or nod as you pass by. There’s a history but also a vibrancy that keeps it young.
I remember friends from Chicago halfheartedly teasing me about coming from the middle of a corn field. In truth, that might be the best part of this city. It’s a combination of progressive innovation mixed with a healthy dose of down home humility.