A stunning view made it onto a certain person’s cell phone camera early one morning a couple years ago. From the parking lot outside the CenterPoint Medical Center emergency room, the sun was rising over the Little Blue River Valley.

A stunning view made it onto a certain person’s cell phone camera early one morning a couple years ago. From the parking lot outside the CenterPoint Medical Center emergency room, the sun was rising over the Little Blue River Valley. It was a cold, misty morning and the tree-covered hills and vales stood out in shades of gray like an elaborate cutout piece of artwork. Hovering over the distant hill was the deep orange ball of the rising sun.

A truly amazing sight.

And like many such beautiful views it is something that should be enjoyed and appreciated while it lasts.

Not to knock progress or economic development or growth or the increased tax revenue that comes along with it, but it was poignant to hear Mayor Don Reimal at the ribbon-cutting for the newly completed Jackson Drive, a fine-looking four-lane stretch of road giving drivers easy access from 23rd Street to R.D. Mize Road.

“This valley, in the next 15 years, is going to be rooftops. Those of you who are taking pictures, take a lot of them because people will want to know what it was like before it got developed. The businesses are going to come, the people are going to come, and we’re going to have a good expansion in our city,” Reimal said.

We will have good expansion, but fewer breathtaking vistas. So, yes, enjoy it, take pictures. You have a  few years left.

So a thumbs up for what we gain and a thumbs down for what we lose.