Some have talked about increasing the residential population. In the 3rd Ward, we have done it! Nearly half of our city’s recent investment and development has taken place in the 3rd Ward. After 3 years of hard work, surface parking lots are now on the endangered list and are being replaced with community-minded development and green space. (Check out the Commons park!) The influx of residential population has created countless new jobs and small businesses. And, our tax base has expanded, allowing for key allocations for the long-term success of our parks and streets. We cannot shy away from community-minded progress. To be a world class city, we must embrace it!