Giles: ‘This is your chance to Imagine Mesa in a whole new way’

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    Mayor John Giles explains Imagine Mesa on June 29, 2017, a new program designed to engage residents in shaping a vision for the city's future. (City of Mesa)

    Are there things about Mesa that you wish were different or better?

    It seems like every time I’m at the grocery store or gas station I run into someone who has a great idea or suggestion they want to pass along that will help improve the city. I love those conversations and appreciate residents who genuinely care about their hometown. It’s one of the reasons I ran for mayor. I could see that our city had momentum and I saw an opportunity to make a difference. Now, we want to hear from you. What ideas do you have to take Mesa to the next level?

    Imagine Mesa is an online forum that allows participants to share, support and discuss ideas to make our city amazing. As a society, we are more connected digitally than ever before and this program takes advantage of that. We’ve had thousands of people interact with Imagine Mesa but we need even more citizens engaged and participating in the decision-making process. Your insight and experiences with community issues are invaluable. Go to ImagineMesa.com and sign up to submit, discuss and support ideas in five forums.

    The program kicked off in late June and runs through Oct. 31. So far, more than 400 ideas have been submitted and now it’s time for residents to take a closer look at them and show their support for the ideas that will make Mesa an incredible place for all to enjoy.

    I thought I could predict what the ideas would be and what would be most popular but Mesa residents have really been thoughtful and creative. There are ideas we expected and others we never had on our radar. Some ideas that have been trending lately include:

    • Covered parks and splash pads.
    • Bike and pedestrian paths that keep riders separated from street traffic.
    • Downtown Mesa Innovation District that incubates creativity and clusters talent.
    • Improved Broadway Road corridor to attract more business.
    • A new 21st century library in southeast Mesa.

    If you like the ideas you see, click “me too” and tell us why. If you want to add to an idea join in on the conversation. If your great idea isn’t there, add it, and let’s start talking about it!

    This is your chance to Imagine Mesa in a whole new way and provide input to city leaders. A committee will sort through everything submitted and make recommendations to the City Council that will help us prioritize future funding.

    Since I obviously can’t meet up with the majority of the city at the gas station, this is your opportunity to be heard. What would you like to see in Mesa’s future?

    – John Giles is the mayor of Mesa.

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