Wichita, Kan. -- the last month hasn’t been good for news out of Planeview.
Crime seemed to be running amok there fostering increasingly negative opinions about the area. There is, however, one woman who sees Planeview a little differently. Her name is Melodee Meyers and she is a mail carrier in the Planeview area. Ask her about Planeview, and she doesn’t see crime statistics. She sees ‘people’.
“What I see is totally different than what everyone else does.” says Melodee. “It frustrates me, it breaks my heart. Because the first thing I worry about is, oh no, who is it?”
Melodee Meyers is a mail carrier in Wichita’s Planeview neighborhood. It’s a place with a tough reputation but Melodee sees it differently.
“You know when I tell people I work down here they go, ‘oh no’, but the people down here are fantastic, but you never hear about them you know.”
In 1943, Planeview was called the ‘Miracle City’ as thousands of aircraft workers exploded the population. It was a city expected to last for only a few years. Today, over 70 years later, these temporary homes are permanent.
“Planeview is here to last, even though it wasn’t built that way, the people…they make it that way.” says Melodee.
Delivering the mail, Melodee sees families trying to live quiet lives in a difficult area. As she goes about her deliveries…it’s the people she says who make a difference in her life every day.
“I love the way that they share with me. The people have really made me feel like a part of their community. And once they saw me here every day and started trusting me they come out.” says Melodee.
“I feel like once they brought me into the area, I feel like my family just expanded. I’ve never had a job that makes me want to get up and go do it, and that makes me feel like I finally found my purpose.”
Melodee says she wouldn’t trade this route for any other. Planeview, she says, deserves a little more respect.