Communities don’t form by accident.
There’s no known “Big Bang” for universal city structure that aligns our schools, streets, parks systems, arts and overall culture.
Cities are formed over time, planned by those that can envision 50 years ahead, not those that are mired by what may happen in 50 minutes or 50 days.
Epic population growth, fierce and bold dreams over time and empowering the city doers to do just that have all equaled out to a town that boasts 93,000 people, high incomes, good roads and a great standard of living.
Now, it’s time to elevate those expectations.
Voting yes on questions 1 and 2 in the April 2 election will continue a promise made by city leaders and involved residents, a promise to continue to look into the future of our city.
The streets question, No. 2, addresses Pryor Road and Orchard Street. These two roads are no where near each other and represent vastly different segments of our Lee’s Summit populace.
Widening Pryor will help reduce accidents and assist with emergency traffic on that road.
And a complete makeover for Orchard means new sidewalks and more space for kids and adults, while also showing a commitment to older, yet vital, neighborhood in Lee’s Summit.
Question 1 deals with cultural arts, a term often misunderstood or misrepresented when it comes to funding.
Our city culture, along with our obligation to continue to support creativity and inspiration, is vital to our quality of life.
Voting yes on this question also touches different areas of Lee’s Summit, from the construction of a permanent amphitheater in Legacy Park to downtown, where an outdoor performance venue and rehab and use of our old post office for historical and arts exhibit space will help the heart of city continue to thrive.
City leaders have properly vetted this responsible use of $7.5 million in bonding.
A yes vote continues our commitment to not only current residents, but those new to our city that was made years, decades ago, and promises to look out for Lee’s Summit for years and decades ahead.
City leaders are challenged to continue to use this bonding capacity in responsible ways and for the betterment of our community.
And voters should be charged with holding these leaders accountable for just that.
Vote yes on both questions April 2.
The Lee’s Summit Journal staff