There is a new community being built in Raleigh called Inside Wade. The advertising campaign is very compelling, it plays on a nostalgic theme- "Remember the way things used to be..." kind of deal.

In case you don't know me, I am a very nostalgic person. I love looking through old photos and home videos, I have trouble throwing things away and I absolutely cherish my family.

Nostalgia is a funny thing, though. We are drawn to things that remind us of the good times in our past. But can we actually recreate them? Are we constantly searching for an unattainable feeling? We travel around the world and marvel at the old buildings and we say "they just don't make em like they used to..."

Why are we so ashamed of the present? And afraid of the future? Instead of recreating the past, why aren't we trying to build great things now so the next generations can say the same thing about our era? Why are we scared to step outside our comfort zone and build things like the Nautilus House? Maybe a little extreme but since when did "creativity" become the number of pieces of crown molding you can tack on a formal dining room?

Dear world, please send us an imaginative builder for the uninspired middle class.