QUESTION: How would you vote on the need for corridor master development plans, and how would you pay to carry out what the plans call for?
Planning is a must, and the ability to accomplish any plan expediently is crucial. Unfortunately, we have grave economic budgetary problems ahead, so it is unwise for anyone to unequivocally state how to pay until they are on council and privy to budget nuances. Otherwise, it is all conjecture.
The best master planning for corridor development begins with public safety. The most successful corridors are the ones that are perceived to be the safest. Let’s get Chief Scott the resources he needs to make areas safe first, then as growth naturally occurs, develop plans that will complement the new investment and jobs. I have long believed that safe streets are the most beautiful ones.
The controversy surrounding the proposed sale of the Capital City Stadium demonstrated the need for a much larger discussion about the future of our city. We must look forward and decide what we want this city to be 10, 50 and 100 years from now. We have an opportunity to use this energy to create an enforceable vision for a clean, safe, vibrant economic engine for our citizens and a model for progressive, sustainable development.