Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Point of View; My Vision: Working for Our Children

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Point of View; My Vision: Working for Our Children

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Byline: Anna Lopez Brosche

Why am I in office? Why are any of us in office? For the children and for our children's children. How the city wraps itself around our children is one of the most important investments we can make in our future. My vision for what Jacksonville can be is the best city in the world for a child to grow up. To head in that direction, I believe:

- The community is stronger together when a vibrant downtown provides economic opportunity for all.

- The community is stronger together when we have safe and healthy neighborhoods.

- The community is stronger together when we have an active, accessible, safe and attractive parks system.

- The community is stronger together when we create the foundation for our economy to grow and thrive while protecting taxpayers' hard-earned dollars.

Neighborhoods are the backbone of our city, but Downtown is our heart, the geographic and symbolic center of our city; Downtown is our identity.

Even if Downtown is a place you don't frequent, it is still an important economic force because it of its density of jobs and its higher per-mile tax revenues. Jacksonville is fortunate to have a mayor who is laser-focused on Downtown development.

When we work together, we can create a thriving Downtown that is the heart of our economic engine and moves us toward my vision of being the best city in the world for a child to grow up.

We know not all of our neighborhoods are safe and healthy. Children who grow up with safe, healthy homes, streets, and parks; access to high-quality early childhood and K-12 opportunities; and options for meeting and interacting with one another enter adulthood with brighter prospects for healthy and productive lives. We can create safer and healthier neighborhoods that move us toward my vision of being the best city in the world for a child to grow up. …

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