Welcome to a new forum for ideas and thoughts on where Crystal City can be by the end of 2010. It is our intent to lay out a bold agenda that will revolutionize Crystal City in a profoundly positive and inclusive way. The days of basic-- streets and sidewalks, playgrounds and pools, trees and shrubs-- have begun to fade away. We must meet tomorrow head-on through innovative approaches to community services- adopt a Complete Streets program, adopt rules and plans for our Community Forest and become a Tree City USA, go beyond swingsets and pools for our parks and engage our neighboring cities in a planning process for a true Quad City Community Center and waterpark. Most importantly we need to engage our friends and families in open, community driven planning for these changes. City officials can only drive so much of this process- the real change must come from citizens who want the best for those who will come after us. Citizens with the courage to take a stand and call for improvements to our town at its basic levels- improvements to our property values, improvements for our community's future, improvements to the everyday aspects of Crystal City. It is not a rejection of the old ways that we seek but an embrace of our past greatness through modern ideas and standards. The work will not be easy and change will not come quickly. Together, we must all shoulder our share of the load.
The ideas we've touched on here are the beginnings of a vision for a 21st century Crystal City- a community that celebrates its grand past and rushes to meet its great future. Check back often for detailed policy proposals and ideas to update our town! and PLEASE offer feedback and ideas of your own in the comments section!