To develop real estate is to realize an idea, to strive toward an ideal. Be it breaking land or building houses, be it housing the homeless or helping families turn houses into homes, be it creating a community for families or strengthening a family of communities, the real estate developer is a person of a vision.
A man of resilience, a woman of courage, a real estate developer sees opportunities. He or she seizes the opportunity to personalize the skyline—to beautify the coastline, too—through construction.
Nowhere is this rule more obvious than in the world of health and wellness. Nowhere is the choice more clear, the cause more critical, the concern more comprehensive than the one real estate agents and developers face right now.
To build centers for recovery, to emulate the example of the best buildings on behalf of recovery, to inspire patients by drawing inspiration from buildings that further recovery, all of these things depend on real estate developers who invest in recovery.
Thanks to my conversations with developers and doctors, in addition to my correspondence with the experts at Clear Sky Recovery, I have a better understanding of how one industry can better another. Or: Wellness is as much a state of mind as it is a statement of fact about how to live, during and after recovery.
The benefits of recovery are both fiscal and physical, and metaphysical too. That is to say, the benefits reveal themselves in every city and hamlet, in every state and every city.
The benefits also reveal themselves in a rise in jobs, and a raise for all through razing the landscape—by ridding the land—of buildings too dangerous to enter, too costly to maintain, and too wasteful to ignore. The benefits reflect a happier and more productive workforce, of workers producing goods and services that serve the greater good of forming a more perfect Union, to promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty.
Development is, then, impossible without recovery.
In this context, the real estate developer is an icon. He represents, she symbolizes what is iconic. The library, the museum, the schoolhouse, the park, the playground, the church, the temple, the center, the sanctuary—icons, all of them.
In the words of another icon, Winston Churchill: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”
The developer has the power to shape the health of much more than the real estate market. He has the ability to shape the future. She has the means to ensure the future looks like what it should be, better.
The future of recovery begins with seeking a lasting recovery. A recovery among the states. A national recovery.
Achieving this recovery is an act of discipline.
To discipline ourselves for the good of one industry, the real estate industry, is to be more industrious in general. To see the results of recovery is to know what recovery can be; what it must be, so the best within us may endure.