Heather and Dylan Burakiewicz moved to
Springfield from Chicopee just days before the June 2011 tornado. As they were
moving in, neighbors stopped by to introduce themselves, offer a hand with
moving, and bring housewarming gifts. They were pleasantly surprised by this
outpouring of neighborliness, and saw it again in post-tornado clean up.
Both are teachers
in the Springfield public school system and wanted to live in the community
where they work. Dylan especially wanted to feel as if he could have an
influence on local politics. The couple enjoys the Springfield Museums and the
city’s many ethnic restaurants, and they love chicken wings and beer which they
find at Theodore’s and Sophia’s establishments. They also like the Springfield
Public Forum’s free public lectures and the Springfield Falcon’s Hockey Team.
Heather used to live in Eastern
Mass and loves the lack of traffic congestion in Springfield. “You can get
anywhere in the city in fifteen minutes,” she says. The couple also appreciate
the recycling and curbside trash pick up in the city. Their Springfield
neighborhood is one where parents know that their children are safe playing in
the street because it is so quiet and peaceful.
One thing that surprised Heather
was how much green space there is in Springfield. She can walk to a park to
from her home, and sees runners and bike riders enjoying the city streets.
Dylan says to people thinking of moving to the city, “You’re not going to find
a better neighborhood than this one.”
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