Topic after topic people across the Birmingham voiced their opinions.
Some people at the forum say, "Number one is revitalization in land use." "Strengthening our neighborhoods in terms of job creation. "You have to educate the children, start with better schools and then a lot of these things will take care of themselves."
There was no elephant in the room during today's public forum about city issues. Subjects were discussed from economic development to transportation to education. The new comprehensive plan is a road map for development services and things needed to strengthen the neighborhoods and communities. Mayor William bell says this plan is to build the city's future.
Mayor William Bell says, "Many of those items that will be in the comprehensive plan will take generations yet to come to fulfill."
The comprehensive design has been in the works for quite sometime, and a final draft of the plan is expected to be ready in the fall of this year. Bell says what's going to make this plan so powerful is that it's people driven.
Bell says, "It's something that's living and breathing and apart of the residents who have come together to make this happen." But Bell and the people have help designing the plan, the city turned to Larissa Brown who's the lead consultant for the new design who came from Boston. She says the city has great assets but also has many challenges ahead.
"What's really important is to make sure that you have a set of strategies that work together, so that when your making investments, when your trying to make things happen, you have a lot of communication and coordination. So, that the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts, that's really what planning is all about," says Brown.
Meantime, people in the "Magic city" are optimistic for Birmingham to redevelop.
For more information you can visit www.birminghamcomprehensiveplan.com
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