LETTER: Barbara Hoppe has helped make Columbia a better place

Thursday, April 2, 2009 | 12:00 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — There are many reasons to support Barbara Hoppe for council, but I speak primarily of community and transportation, my areas of expertise.

Hoppe has helped the council better utilize its boards and commissions and worked well with neighborhood associations. As a current commissioner and past association president, I assure you this process is contentious. Hoppe has demonstrated skill in moving things to an effective result. However intractable people may be, their voice must be heard. A better Columbia is the result.

Hoppe supports parks, trails and complete streets – streets that are for all users of the road, including children, the elderly and families that would like to take a walk together in the evening. And what about the walking working class that fill the low-paid but important jobs in the economy?

Far from being anti-development, this is the growth platform. Development and amenities are synonymous. The economic inputs of this era are creativity, innovation and collaboration. This requires more than good automobile transportation. Who will locate their business here, or move here, if Columbia is just another sprawl of strip malls and multilane sidewalk-less roads that imprison people in their cars and chop up our neighborhoods, where parents are afraid to let their children walk to school, or even to play outdoors? Why will our young people stay here, if Columbia doesn’t offer the facilities we need to live a good life?

Re-elect Barb Hoppe on April 7 for a good community and good transportation for all.

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