MORROW — Community leaders and residents are being asked by Morrow officials to imagine a city they feel would be better than what they currently have as part of a new effort called “Imagine Morrow.”
“We wanted an innovative approach to extrapolate ideas from people [on ways to improve the city],” said Morrow Business and Tourism Association President Mike Twomey.
The city held its first “Imagine Morrow” meetings Tuesday, with a gathering of selected community leaders in the morning, and another with residents in the evening. Another meeting with residents is scheduled for Thursday, at 6 p.m., at the Morrow Center, located at 1180 Southlake Circle, in Morrow.
The community leaders who came together for the morning session suggested a variety of ideas to promote the city and to improve its quality of life. Some of their suggestions ranged from using social media to promote the city, to hosting more community events, to attracting new businesses, such as a women’s center, a dog park and a trolley service to help people get around town.
Several of them, however, said they wanted to see a collection of upscale restaurants, bars and pubs built around the Clayton State University campus.
“Instead of taking a visitor to downtown Atlanta for a nice dinner, we need something here, and the only way to do that is to go out and find it [and bring it to Morrow],” said state Rep. Glenn Baker (D-Jonesboro).
Kim Lister, the business manager for Jonesboro-based Lister and Holt law firm, added, “My dream is to have an area where I live that I don’t have to drive into [Atlanta] every weekend to have a great meal or go to a great shop. My dream is for the county, and for the city to have these things.”