Gainesville could learn valuable lessons from Madison


Published: Monday, August 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 10:20 p.m.

I must assume that the letter writer who questioned the city for sending representatives to Madison, Wis., has never been there.

Having lived in our fair city for 30 years, and suffered with the ever-increasing tax burden and the frustrating road engineering, I applauded the city for its efforts. I fear, however, that the Gainesville city commissioners are simply not progressive enough to bring anything they may have learned to fruition. This city has dug a very deep hole with its anti-growth campaign, and it seems quite comfortable wallowing in it.

But back to Madison. It has received accolades too numerous to count over the last couple decades. Forbes chose it the No. 1 city in the nation for business and careers. It has been chosen as one of the best designer cities in the country. It's school system has been ranked recently as third in the nation. Plus, it has been recognized repeatedly as one of the best places to live and work, and to raise a family.

The city has remained environmentally friendly, but has actively recruited clean industry to further its tax base. And, on a personal note, the people are the quintessential Midwesterners who are very kind, humble and law-abiding. They even obey traffic lights up there.

Stephanie Allen,

Gainesville

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