Whoa — been a while since my last blog post. Sorry about that.
Seriously, where does the time go? I’ve just finished complaining about winter and we’re already half way thru summer. Just can’t catch a break from Father Time.
Despite the low productivity on the blog, we’ve actually been quite busy. A lot of the initial new construction has wrapped up but our work is far from done; it’s actually just begun.
The revitalization of downtown was never a finish line to get across and then relax. It was a starting line for us to live up to the promise of a vibrant university City.
The pieces have come together remarkably well but now we’ve got to put them to work for us — to drive our local economy, bring more jobs, more visitors, more businesses and students to create the kind of unique community experience that sets Kent apart from anyplace else.
There’s still room for some more new construction and we’re actively trying to push some projects into that pipeline, but in the meantime the new downtown Kent is officially open for business and we’re out there doing everything we can to make sure all the new stuff gets off on the right foot and keeps rolling along.
Downtown revitalization of this magnitude is a massive undertaking, much of which remains outside the control of the City, but it’s our job to give everything the greatest chance possible to succeed so we’re in the trenches along with the new businesses trying to figure out how to get this new machine running on all cylinders.
Everything from parking, to flowers, to crosswalks, to signs, to sidewalks, alleys, lights, trash, recyclables, trees and pocket parks. It’s all on the table and everyday brings another surprise. Needless to say, we’re never bored and work has never felt more fulfilling.
In a rare moment of reprieve, we took the time to reach back in pictures a mere 4 years to compare how downtown Kent looked at the end of 2009 and how it looks today. It’s pretty astonishing which is why we wanted to share it.
How soon we forget how far we’ve come.
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