Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Peoria Neighborhood Services

I came across an interesting piece of information on the City of Peoria website earlier today - they have a Neighborhood Services link, which actually has some useful information.

A couple of years ago I spoke with one of the city officials about the challenges our suburban neighborhoods face in trying to find an identity.  It's not like the Historic District, or the North Central Corridor, or Arcadia, where simply mentioning the name lets everyone in the city know where you live.  There are some neighborhoods which have a local identity (Vistancia, West Wing Mountain, maybe even Fletcher Heights), but try telling someone in Gilbert you live in Fletcher Heights, and then ask them to find it on a map!  He (the city official) told me that was one thing they were trying to build, but it was going to take a lot of community involvement, which made sense to me.

This web site looks like a great step in the right direction.  Homeowners who want to work together to build a community can now access some help directly from the City of Peoria.  I only wish the city was doing more to market this site & this concept.  And I'm not sure I have enough of a readership necessary to effect that kind of change.  But I'll keep trying...

-Chris