Denton’s population is projected to be over 200,000 by the year 2030.
In order to have the Denton we want in the future, I believe we must preserve our historic and natural areas now. Let’s adopt as a standard that we should all be within a 10 minute walk from green-space (only 40% of us are now).
As we grow, we must ensure that street and utility infrastructure is in place before development fully hits. We can’t have our planning piecemeal. Let’s not have our uniqueness nibbled away. Let’s fight for the Denton we deserve.
Encouraging Small Local Businesses
Yes, there is an important role for large business…but it is a fact that 64% of new private sector jobs come from small business. Our small businesses are an integral part of the uniqueness of Denton. Why not consider incentives for small businesses that add to the walk-ability of neighborhoods or bring something different to the Denton scene? I also favor a two-year credit against property tax for improvements, so that existing small businesses have an opportunity to make a return on their new investments. Our City’s website would be an excellent venue to showcase new businesses and existing businesses with new offerings.
Human connection makes for a community. When we can see each other and greet each other, our city becomes that much friendlier and livable.
That’s why I want to see new neighborhoods connected to the rest of the city, not isolated and beyond the reach of transportation to Downtown and shopping areas. Walking trails with safe crosswalks, bike paths connecting green-spaces throughout the city—all help bring us together.
Imagine a Denton proud of its neighborhoods—with welcoming signs at their entrances and caps on their street signs. Imagine each neighborhood with enough basic retail and parks to be truly walk-able. And imagine each as part of a linked network of distinctive neighborhoods, each worth visiting. That’s a Denton that will continue to be a desirable place to live.
Complete and Safe Streets
Denton has a problem: it lacks safe pathways within neighborhoods and along major and minor arteries. “Where the Sidewalk Ends” should not be our theme song. When I see a young mother walking with her children or pushing a carriage in the road past my house while cars swerve around her, it is not OK. When children cannot walk to school safely it is not OK. Our street lights are dim and in most areas don’t even exist. Denton can do better.