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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Re-elect smart growth candidate Barbara Hoppe

By Ted Koditschek and Sara Gable
February 27, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CST

As residents of Columbia's Sixth Ward, we are pleased to support Barbara Hoppe for re-election to the City Council.

Over the past three years it has been both a pleasure and a privilege to work with Barbara in our joint efforts to extend the bicycle trail system to the east side of town. In the course of this work we have seen many examples of Barbara's winning combination of broad thinking, creative vision and attention to detail.

It has not been easy to come up with a plan for an east-west connector that makes sense, is aesthetically pleasing, reflects sound engineering, is cost effective and maximizes neighborhood support. Through long, hard hours of walking, listening, thinking and talking to multiple constituencies, experts and impacted groups, Barbara, working with residents, has crafted a workable plan.

For those who are familiar with Barbara's other accomplishments, none of this will come as a surprise. Her leadership and initiative have brought many benefits to our community ever since she took the lead a decade ago and brought us the beautiful and multifunctional Stephens Lake Park.

Barbara presents herself as the smart growth candidate and, with her, this is more than just a phrase. She is deeply committed to bringing new jobs and new housing to Columbia, but she has also thought long and hard about how to accomplish these goals without endangering the environment, sacrificing our public amenities or grasping short-term opportunities whose benefits will not stay. In facing the challenges that lie ahead for our community, Barbara's experience, her passion, her dedication and hard work will benefit Columbia in general and the Sixth Ward in particular. We urge all our neighbors to vote on election day to send Barbara back to City Hall, so that she can finish the many jobs that she has so effectively begun.

Ted Koditschek and Sara Gable live in the Sixth Ward.