OK, I am going to look like a suck up but, here goes.
Right now the City of Monroe does little to nothing for the residents of the City.
What? Your trash is picked up on time. Your water is delivered in an effective manner. We have a fully staffed police and fire department. We have 40 some odd parks that are open to the public without cost not including the River Walk. There is the Dick Waters pool and connected splash park. The Multi Sports Complex is open to the community (at minimal fees). There are two skate parks. There is a snow hill for the winter. The City operates not only a Port Authority but an Airport. The City is a major sponsor in the Jazz Fest, Downtown Hoedown, Ice Festival. Additionally, the Parks and Recreations department sponsors movies and concerts in in the park. The City has worked with the DDA and DMBN to sponsor "car shows" on Thursday night. The City sponsors and runs tot-lots during the summer. The City sponsors and runs various sporting events including; adult softball, youth baseball, volleyball. We have a wonderful trail and pond at Munson.
I would argue that the City does a ton, maybe too much! I wonder if we have not become a victim of our own success.
Of course the City, through the DDA should invest in downtown. I don't think they should be purchasing property, but, assisting property owners and promoting the downtown sounds like a great thing.
I would love to find more activities for teens and on another thread made the offer to any parent or teen to please call me at the Arthur Lesow Community Center (734-241-4313) if they have any suggestions. As a 501c3 not for profit I would love to assist. On another thread it was discussed how teens need dances or a place to hang out. OK, get me some volunteers to help staff these events and we can do it.
What will make the City a better place? I have a ton of ideas, but, have already taken up too much space at this point. One thing I would love is - as someone who has lived in Alaska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky and Ohio and has spent time in, Hawaii, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Guam - I wish we would all realize what a wonderful, safe, good community we have. Yes, there are problems - but, why do we always want to throw our town under the bus and act as if this is a poor community. It isn't.