If your prosperity has been built on development, construction, engineering, real estate—then let’s face it. You are already well-represented on the current city council. However, in Carrollton, our poverty rate is double the national average. I live in an average neighborhood. I have no vested interests. As your council member, I will make sure we are one city and show love and equal consideration to ALL neighborhoods. No matter who you know or what you earn, we are all part of what makes Carrollton vibrant, strong and original.
Beautification Projects like the one underway for the Bankhead corridor are fantastic ways to invest in our city, and utilize a relatively small portion of our cash reserves while driving business and raising quality of life for everyone. I want to continue to focus the city’s attention on redevelopment and renewal of city blight, and to draw on leaders and thinkers with fresh ideas to help drive economic growth from new industries.
The Carrollton Center for the Arts draws tourism dollars, corporate investment, and builds a quality of for our citizens. We should make sure our center has the essential upgrades it needs to do be a success. Our city leaders do a great job running a tight ship and carrying out the business of our city. But when it comes to art, artists should be the ones in charge of programming—not engineers.
Quality of life upgrades go hand in hand with economic growth. Small, incremental changes drive business investment, tourism—and the next generation of home buyers.
Greenbelt expansion allows more city residents and students to walk and bike to events, restaurants, the Amp, the Arts Center, local businesses and essential shopping—without having to rely on cars.
People-friendly city design is a low-budget fix with high returns: it eases traffic, increases walkability, accommodates those with transportation challenges, and saves lives. Yet there is still a surprising lack lack of updated crosswalks and sidewalks. None of our citizens should be killed or injured simply for trying to cross the street or get to the grocery store.
Smart development: We only have one downtown and we must protect its character—and our long-term costs. In the rush to provide new housing, we should preserve the shade and the 200 year-old trees that make our downtown walkable and give us a sense of place. Rather than building expensive mini-subdivisions, we should consider the long term infrastructure costs and favor mixed-use developments, redeveloping vacant structures, and other innovative ways to address the “missing middle housing.”
I take pride in our square and want to continue partnering with developers who want to leave a legacy, give our children a connection to the past—and a vision of the future.
I look forward to broadening the perspectives that will shape our city. I’m grateful for your support!