Finding a new Peoria inside the old

img_0736Real estate agents say its all about location. So where do you want to be? A better Peoria? Here are a few ideas.

If you’re a real estate agent, look for and promote residential and business locations next to the Rock Island Greenway.

If you’re moving to Peoria, consider a house or apartment near the Greenway.

If you live next to the Greenway, use it. Use your feet or bicycle to explore and connect with Peoria. On the Greenway it’s a whole different place. Promise.

If you live a distance from the Greenway, check for residential streets that connect with it and, by so doing, connect with other human-scale streets in Peoria.

If you’re a small business near the Greenway, promote your location and promote yourself.

If you’re the Peoria Park District, keep up the good work–and look for ways to build and improve on that work. Intersection reimagining and winter maintenance would be great places to start.

If you’re any of the cities along the Rock Island Trail north of Peoria, promote your unique human-powered access to each other and the heart of Peoria–and work with anyone who will help to turn that state-managed trail into a regionally marketable thoroughfare with an all-season surface.

If you’re the city of Peoria, look for every opportunity to go beyond the car-centric planning of the twentieth century. One multi-use trail isn’t enough. Plan human-based spaces and connections.

Because planning just for cars is planning the past.

And people aren’t looking for the same old place.


About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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