We cannot succeed in the coming year, or in the coming 25 years, if we do not have a vision for our future. We must protect and enhance the essential elements of our city: our small businesses; our parks, trails, and recreation areas; our close-knit neighborhoods; our roads and bridges; our public services; and our downtown. We cannot be a great city if we endanger what is great about us.
We should respect the city’s sound and thoughtful comprehensive plan as a model by which to manage smart growth and preserve and extend invaluable green spaces. Protecting green space is the key to attracting economic growth to our area and enhancing the quality of life for residents.