Friday, September 28, 2007
Working Wonders with Walker Park
Thumbs up for the residents of the Walker Park neighborhood and the city's planning staff. The process of enabling citizens to define the future of our community has worked well this week, as neighbors talked and the city listened.
Not surprisingly, people said they wanted to encourage a balance of uses and houses, to improve connectivity and walkability, to keep the former Jefferson school as a center for civic activities, and to create accessible greenspace. Planner Karen Minkel agreed and called the process "the beginning stages of a fantastic plan."
It is a good start, and everyone involved should be pleased with their efforts. Making the plan a reality will require both government support and private action. It will require resolve to complete the plan and to enforce its vision in the face of future developers with different notions.