I am convinced that
ALL of Hwy 99e needs to represent the pride that our citizens and business owners show on a daily basis. It can’t be just about the ‘Big Box’ strip malls or the downtown corridor and I am prepared to take action that will turn this problem around. Sidewalks, bike lanes, street front signage, and façade renovations from one end of town to the other are all areas that city and public committees have identified as major areas of opportunity and I couldn’t agree more. I would love nothing more than to see safe sidewalks and bike lanes that cover the length of 99e through town and provide an enjoyable experience for families and commuters alike. Business owners need foot traffic and that starts with people slowing down and ultimately stopping to shop. I will ensure that bright, lively, and functional signage is visible to all the commuters that pass through both morning and night. These are untapped customers who need to know the value of our town and I am confident we can attract them with the right visual message. The last thing is to encourage business and property owners to bring their buildings into the 21 century. Canby is a town rich with tradition and history and I have no doubt we can help street front properties renovate and beautify without compromising those values. This combination of visual and physical cues will encourage every traveler through town to finally take notice of everything we have to offer.
So where do we start?
My plan is a straight forward approach to the following projects:
· Vibrant and meaningful signage along the entire 99e corridor
o Cohesive signs defining major shopping districts
o Draw attention to established event areas
o Showcase those businesses that are unique to Canby
· Improve and maintain sidewalks and bike lanes
o Repair existing sidewalks
o Create walkways in those areas where there are none
o Clearly mark all crosswalks
o Improve or install landscaping for better curb appeal
· Bring many of the buildings up to current code and visual standards
o Review existing codes on a city, county, and state level
o Promote city incentives for renovations
o Create a feeling of community and caring
I understand this will not be an overnight process and I am committed to working with citizens, business owners, as well as city, county, and state officials to ensure we are all communicating in a clear and concise voice towards a common goal. This is going to be a process that isn’t just ABOUT the people, but is truly FOR the people. At the end of day, my goal is to present a highway corridor that is thoughtfully created, well maintained, and a positive reflection of all the great things Canby has shown me it can be.