The first step in my campaign is finding out what's important to residents, I want to know what's important to fellow Livonians. What are the priorities and problems I need to be aware of if I'm on City Council? It's also a way for me to connect and build relationships with people.
I created a survey at the end of January and have been thrilled to receive over 100 responses so far.
The best news is that 91% of respondents said they feel connected to Livonia and 95% are interested in building community bonds. When the most popular reason people give for living in the city is the convenience it's nice to know they aren't simply here for freeways and two Targets.
What do people love to do in Livonia? 95% of respondents use parks and playgrounds. 80% use the library! As a Library Commissioner, this result brought particular joy. 70% use the trails, 61% the Rec Center, and 50% use Greenmead.
In terms of programming, the runaway winner was The Spree with 76% of respondents saying they attend the annual festival. Hopefully, it can return again this summer.
People are happy in Livonia, they feel safe in Livonia but love isn't blind. Virtually all respondents mentioned one of the following: the loss of green space to new development, the growing number of chain businesses and empty storefronts, and the issue of race/diversity.
They aren't easy topics, there are no easy answers but the fact that residents are pointing them out as areas of improvement doesn't take away from the fact that they love their city and are happy in Livonia. As we move forward to address these issues AND the desire for a downtown space - which was also a very popular comment, I think we have the opportunity to get creative and be a leader in the region by setting an example of best practices.
We have the resources, will, and passion to do great things in Livonia, and what's not to love about that?
I will always appreciate hearing what Livonians care about, if you are interested in offering feedback you can find the survey in the link below.