Uptown Planners’ New Board Member Grateful for Leadership Role

| April 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

This past month, the Uptown Planners held its annual election of board members. One of the individuals elected is Mission Hills’ resident, Joe Naskar, who was also recently elected to the Mission Hills Town Council and is serving as secretary. Naskar and I spoke briefly about his newest roles in the community and what it means to him.

“I have always been active in the community, however, not formally,” Naskar offered He said that it is something that he believes in, getting involved for the betterment of the community and to represent a voice for Mission Hills and surrounding communities.

Naskar and his partner have been residents since 2003 and value being a part of a community that is “connected.” He also refers to his neighborhood, which he adores, as “progressive urbanism.” Naskar commented on the new school in Old Town, Old Town Academy, that has brought new energy to his neighborhood, “We see parents and kids walking to school together; it’s refreshing.”

When asked what he hopes to accomplish as a Town Council trustee and Urban Planners’ board member, Naskar said he plans to start by reaching out to the community for input and quality discussion. He also stated the benefits of his efforts. Naskar commented, “You get to know people when you get involved in causes.”

One of the first activities he will be involved with for Mission Hills Town Council is a canyon clean up that will occur from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 28, behind the tennis courts on Washington Street, across from Pioneer Park.

In terms of his four year commitment with Uptown Planners, he is looking forward to working on the Community Plan, which is a critical piece to all the communities involved, including Bankers Hill, Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Middletown, the Medical Complex, Park West and University Heights neighborhoods. Naskar offered, “The community has put its faith in me, to provide good judgment and I will do my best to respond effectively.”

Professionally, Naskar is an interior designer working on condominium interior renovations in Coronado, and hotel and hospitality interiors for national brands across the country. He is also a jewelry artist who has been identified in two books to be released this year.

Naskar is also am a member of the Western Slopes Mission Hills neighborhood watch and a member of the Five Points Middletown CDC. He said he invites residents and business owners to share their thoughts and is soliciting comments by email at jhn-sd@cox.net.

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