Living Vertical: Life in an Urban Vertical Village (L.U.V.V.)

5 min readAug 25, 2021

My mother and stepfather entered the atrium of the 1.5 million square feet complex. As we walked past the theater, Farm Burger, and the coffee shop, bakery, the bank, and waved at a fellow neighbor and his dog entering the locally sourced food and grocery market, my parents were blown away.

“That’s a grocery store over there? My stepfather asked.

“Wow, now this is something,” my Mom said. With her head held up high looking up, her eyes tried to take it all in at once. “I should be taking pictures.”

“Yeah, get some pictures,” My stepfather said. “Nobody is going to believe this.”

Whipping out her cell phone, she decided to do a video instead. The oohs and ahhs didn’t stop. We hadn’t even made it to see the pizza bar, the art bar, the art cafe, or the art gallery. “Well, it’s an entire neighborhood in one building, Roslyn explained. They call it an urban vertical village.

Instead of taking pictures, my Mother decided to do a video. Just an inch shy of five feet tall, my mother looked like a kid on the best field trip of her life.

“This is a totally different way of living,” she said to the camera as she began her first vlog.




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