Laura grew up in Tennessee; Alex, in the Midwest. They met in Boston where they had both moved after college. When Laura was offered a position in Springfield with MassDevelopment, they decided to move since Alex’s job with Vaisala, a wind energy company, allowed him to work remotely. They were drawn to the Forest Park area because of the 700-acre park, nearby ethnic restaurants, and bus lines which allow them to remain a one-car household. Soon after closing on their Craftsman Style home, they adopted Patsy, a Dixie dog rescue.
Coming from the Boston area, they were happy to find housing prices to be so reasonable—a “wow factor” for visiting out-of-town friends and family. Alex enjoys the nearby clay tennis courts and feels Springfield has many amenities found in larger cities. Laura likes the cultural diversity and the family dynamics on their street. They are avid bikers, appreciate the ease of biking into the countryside, and have recently started RadSpringfield, a community bike project to refurbish, service, and sell bicycles.