‘Making America great again’ starts at home

A home at the corner of Spring Avenue and 8th Street that was renovated by John Koch Construction Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, Sioux Falls.
A home at the corner of Spring Avenue and 8th Street that was renovated by John Koch Construction Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, Sioux Falls.

Regardless of if you believe we must ‘make American great again’ as the campaign slogan goes, there is no denying that parts of America could stand improvement. We all are works in progress.

And this is a story about one business and one house that show we don’t need to wait for Washington, D.C., to make our own tiny stitch in the fabric of our country.

Elections often are about trying to drive change. I think that was the case this year no matter which presidential candidate you supported.

But real, powerful change doesn’t come from the top down. It comes from the bottom up.

So if you need a reminder that this country has the ability to preserve its history and create something better for tomorrow, I want you to drive through the intersection of Eighth Street and Spring Avenue.

Look on the northwest corner and you’ll see a house built in 1886.

It’s among the oldest in Sioux Falls, and if John Koch hadn’t bought it, the former owner “figured whoever he sold it to was going to knock it over.”

“That’s what drove me to buy it,” he told me.

John Koch Construction is known for tackling these kinds of projects.

I toured one house he restored in the All Saints neighborhood a couple years ago. The physical transformation he creates is extraordinary, but that’s only part of the story.

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