Mayor John Dickert introduced the idea of a "10-year plan" for the City of Racine when he successfully ran for election in 2009. It was a clever idea for a candidate who wanted to get voters thinking about a brighter future for our city.
We'd like to build on the mayor's idea by opening up the floor to RacinePost readers and asking: What's your 10-year plan for Racine? How do you see things turning around? What should the community be focused on?
We open this door knowing you'll take this with varying degrees of seriousness. That's OK ... this is both a chance to get serious and silly, a chance to throw out your best ideas, vent some frustrations or just shoot from the hip.
That said, we'd really like people to put their names to their plans. You don't have to, but if you do, we'll enter you into a drawing for a $10 gift certificate to Circa Celeste Cafe in Racine and all named entries will receive a RacinePost bumper sticker. But, again, we'll take anonymous submissions, too.
There are no guidelines for the 10-year plans. They can be a few sentences, paragraphs, pages or novels. We'll even take pictures, videos, poetry ... anything that speaks to your vision for a better Racine over the next 10 years.
Send your entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org or post them in the comments below. Our favorites will be highlighted on the main page, and all sincere entries will be published on the site. If you're submitting an entry with your name, please include a phone number in your submission so we can verify you wrote it.
Thanks much, good luck and happy planning!
We have our first entry ...
Rees Roberts writes in with a call for a new look at how we use energy
Ron Thomas submits the 10-point plan he wrote in 2003 while running for mayor
Wayne Clingman wants to focus on urban agriculture
Karen Carnabucci suggests focusing on health and well-being