|To the Editor: Rowland, Gordon praised for saving Ridge green space|
|Written by Dr. Clayton Rosati|
|Monday, 21 October 2013 10:20|
I am writing to give kudos to council members Sandy Rowland and Daniel Gordon for their forward thinking and business savvy to lead the city of Bowling Green forward by purchasing Ridge Elementary School and creating more green space in my neighborhood. My wife and I purchased a house in BG across from this school because of its green space and proximity to BGSU, our place of employment. Census data show that young professionals increasingly prefer city life to the suburbs and many cities are adapting accordingly. Around the country, cities are planning more walkability, bike lanes, sidewalk cafes, arts districts, and especially they are "greening" neighborhoods.
Rowland and Gordon see the future: the economic life of cities is tied to the quality of life of its residents. The largest employer in the county is BGSU. A sizable percentage of BGSU professors and staff live outside of BG in Toledo, Perrysburg, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and so on. These are potential BG residents who could be paying more city taxes, spending money in local businesses, owning homes, and contributing to social activities in Bowling Green. If they choose to live somewhere else, the money, social connections, and creativity are things our city and its businesses will never see. Bravo to Rowland and Gordon, who see that contributing to the quality of life of residents is the future of economic growth for cities. It is forward thinkers like Rowland and Gordon who will bring more BGSU faculty and staff to our town.
Dr. Clayton Rosati
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