Monday, May 15, 2006

Heart of Peoria Kickoff

Learn and participate in the H.O.P. Kickoff Presentation starting Friday May 19 at 6:30 at the Civic Center. Form based codes will be the center of discussion with the idea to move the urban center of the city back into the vital place it once was with some continuity of purpose. Thousands of articles have been written on the subject with the latest one I’ve seen in today’s edition of the Wall Street Journal. This article titled “The Ersatz Urban Renaissance” is written by Joel Kotkin author of the “The City: A Global History”. He says “Given the growing challenge posed by the emerging boomtowns as well as the suburbs and exurbs, wannabe “hip cool” cities need to realize that they can’t thrive merely as amusement parks for the rich, the nomadic young and tourists.” He reiterates improvements and attractions such as jobs, schools, safety, and ease of mobility, parking, proper housing; design and layout in the center(s) of cities have a major impact on rebirth. Lack of parts of these advancements has contributed to the outward movement to the suburbs. Yet the heart should be the most vibrant. We should all be interested in the best ways to continue to revive the downtown.

Heart of Peoria is on the right track. Get on board to help us all along..

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