The discussion at town halls has been wide-ranging, so far. We’ve talked about greenery, historic preservation, sidewalks, block clubs and much more. Often, though, conversations about our city come back to inclusivity, one way or another.
In three town halls and on hundreds of front porches, I keep hearing a few things from all kinds of people:
- Lakewood takes pride in the idea of a community where diversity is welcome and celebrated.
- Our city can do better at living up to that idea, in practical policies.
- Including more people, voices and ideas will help solve the challenges facing Lakewood.
Our city faces serious challenges with population loss, and with related finance problems. To address both, we need to give more people reasons to call Lakewood home, and fewer reasons to look elsewhere.