Spring, New Beginnings, A Blog Reborn


Today is the first day of spring, and since spring is a time for new beginnings, this is an appropriate day to begin this new blog, which I am calling The Sweet Orange Housing Blog. In this blog, I will provide insight into housing in Orange County, mostly by focusing on development issues in the cities of Irvine and Costa Mesa. But I will also discuss other issues—both local and national—that influence the housing market in Orange County.

I will concentrate on what the housing numbers are telling us, but since the numbers don’t tell the whole story of an area, I’ll be writing about the people, places and things that contribute to making an area what it is. More on all that on Monday, when I start posting on a routine basis. Monday’s post will also explain the “Blog Reborn” part of this post’s title. For now, here is a quote that is appropriate for the beginning of the spring season and that is relevant to our current financial difficulties.

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.”J.R.R. Tolkien

PHOTO: spring wildflowers blooming in the southern California desert courtesy DesertUSA. Click on the link to find the locations and dates that the wildflowers are in bloom.

Note: Just as the Tolkien quote shown above is a metaphor for an appropriate, long-term view of our current financial situation, so too is wildflowers blooming in the desert. All is not lost; spring will come again. When it does, hopefully, we will have learned from our mistakes and not repeat them.