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Letter: Get the details right

Commendations to city officials for their work in improving our downtown. The new library, municipal parking, along with improvements to Seventh Street and Cooper Avenue have made our downtown more attractive to both residents and visitors. We understand that city officials have been focused on pressing issues such as the new bridge and the confluence area plan. We applaud their efforts in this regard. However, getting the details right is important. Small design elements can make a huge difference. Following are two areas that warrant the city’s attention and action.

The tacky, cheap-looking flower pots on downtown sidewalks are a blemish in an otherwise very pleasant scene. The city can and should do much better. It doesn’t have to look far for examples. The city has several itself: the beautiful repurposed alley west of Grand between Seventh and Eighth; Community Center planters; and planters at Fire Station No. 2.

We encourage public officials to upgrade downtown planters and other details for the 2016 planting season. A high level of maintenance for downtown landscaping is also critical.

While much attention has been placed on the city’s downtown, the southern gateway to Glenwood from 33rd to 23rd streets is generally junky, devoid of quality landscaping and unappealing. Minimal, carefully designed improvements could greatly enhance this area. We encourage the city to develop and implement a landscape and signage plan to improve this gateway.

Let’s continue to make Glenwood a place we take pride in residing and sharing with visitors.

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