Since 1998, the city has focused on the West Side for intense
revitalization efforts. The aged part of the city has lacked economic
progress and has become dilapidated.
The newly revised plan to improve the area includes making the
neighborhoods pedestrian friendly, replacing some apartment complexes
with townhomes and cleaning up the businesses.
Cowan said she has not yet formed an opinion on the plan, but said she
"fully supports the use of our city's Redevelopment Agency in the efforts
to improve the quality of life on the West Side."
EAST 17TH STREET
The city has proposed a plan that would widen East 17th Street from four to six lanes and make improvements on the street to relieve traffic.
However, residents and merchants feel that adding the extra lanes would
reduce the "mom and pop" feel of the street.
Although Cowan does not support having grant funding "dictate what we
do on 17th Street," she said the area is "ripe for beautification and
This year, there was a $14.5-million surplus in the city's budget.
Cowan said the budget is "an efficient and effective use" for the various
revenue sources and for the services that the voters and taxpayers
Cowan supports the Centerline Rail Project and said she believes that
traffic can be resolved only "with regional collaborative efforts."