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If we create a true CITY park, a balanced park where there is a little for everyone, serine areas to relax, dynamic areas for kids and families to enjoy, a place to showcase our history, traditional feel, contemporary feel, every sector of our community benefits. I just cannot fathom the idea of a mandate, a singular approach to a complex phenomenon such as creating a city park. We can make it happen, piece by piece, with a vision beyond our border. We need to compete against other cities working to attract new residents. It is a 6.62-acre parcel of land and we cannot accommodate a little bit for everyone? We can start from what we lack the most and build from there. What is the matter with us? What do we fear? This is the City of Jonesboro - let us show everyone around our border how to do business for the financial benefit and well-being of our citizens. Lee Street Park is a gold mine and I truly hope we, all together, have the courage to seize the opportunity. We will all one-day die, but what we built remains as the testament for what we believed in.
P.S. Imagine if we even expand the park towards Park and Ride, re-construct Lee Street Elementary School or create a space for a chatter school, after we sold the land for a profit. Could you imagine the economic expansion we could gain by attracting families looking for an excellent education to their kids?
P.S. The law of dynamics tells us that we are constantly moving, the fundamental question is, to what direction? What is our vision? Could we vote on that?
Joel Aviles, Reg. Architect, NCARB
Please see pictures below: Could we agree with them?
I may add that everyone on that meeting, because I do not recall anyone suggesting otherwise, agreed that only residents of the city could vote on the future of Lee Street Park. The heated exchange began when a resident questioned to why the city should consider outsider's input (in which there is no evidence the city is purposely pursuing outsiders input). Some, myself included, a resident of the city, a young professional with 2 young kids, argued that only residents can vote, but we must do so with the understanding that attracting outsiders like young educated-families, and with money to buy a home and raise a family, we can spark economic growth to the city. Is like a business, more customers equals more profits. When I travel and spend quality and valuable time with the family, I take my wallet with me. Not to consider outsider's wants and needs is like a business that shot itself on the foot. A business without a vision, singled minded, and doomed to fail. So in order to bring economic growth, we must first improve the quality of life for all residents and not just a sector of it.
Current development trends are indicating that young educated-families are leaving the suburbs, moving to the cities, and in return leaving behind stagnated home prices. We need to think like developers, they create value before anyone can see it.
It is also important to attract educated individuals so that professional businesses do not feel the pressure to relocate where it is easier to find qualified personnel (myself included). The why consider outsiders is short sighted - we can always charge parking to outsiders while encouraging locals to walk (free parking to residents). We can constantly cater our efforts to attract lawyers to live here - it will be a perfect location for them. We have the Park and Ride within walking distances; why not understand the need from someone to move here and use this service to work at Atlanta? Why cannot teachers working at both schools (provably not residents) enjoy a fresh made lunch (from our Farmer's Market produce) at the park and generate revenue from a leased outdoor café (as well as sales taxes)? Why cannot we have donation boxes around the park for voluntary contributions to outsiders after enjoying a tremendous family time?
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