PHILLIPS

Starkville Daily News - - FO­RUM -

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.

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