Urban sprawl is nothing new (7/6, Yael Abouhalkah column, "With sprawl, we're being spread too thin"). There are three things I feel are essential to bringing families back to the urban core.
1. Fix the public schools
2. Bring corporations back to downtown
3. Light rail
The rising price of fuel and the expected escalation when China begins to drive will make living near your work desirable. Bringing jobs downtown will bring the workers downtown, but for one caveat: public schools.
I believe there is an underlying cynicism about our schools. Our leaders seem to ignore the issue. I don't think they realize the consequences. Or if they do, don't have a solution.
Clay Chastain is once again pushing for light rail, and once again he is just another leader who's ignoring the core issue keeping people away from the city.
Power and Light district: sexy
Moving the Royals downtown: exciting
Light rail: uber sexy
A leader willing to take on the school board: priceless