fortunate that their representative is at least trying to find efficient ways to innovate the landscape of their community. There are opportunities for this kind of outside-the-box planning all around Starkville, we as a community just have to be vocal about what we want to see.
As a rapidly-growing college town, Starkville prides itself on being at the forefront of lowcost community development and this is one small, yet sterling example of the braintrust we have in City Hall.
Will all of their ideas prove this appealing and effective? Absolutely not. But I'm a believer in pointing out the aspects of our community that make it attractive and ultimately serve as fuel for its growth.
It is my hope that the people of Starkville will look past any perceived frustrations and keep an open mind when it comes to multi-faceted projects like the planters on Critz Street. The lifeblood of this community is tourism and those looking to come back to retire, so shouldn't the image of the city be taken into consideration at every possible turn?
Again, I applaud Alderman Miller for taking stock of what is important in this community: Appeal, safety and maintaining the sense of place that makes Starkville one of the most attractive gems in the southeast.
Ryan Phillips is the executive editor of the Starkville Daily News and the Daily Times Leader. The views expressed in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of either paper or their staffs.