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What Would You Improve in Dearborn in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Dearborn, what would it be?

Ending paid parking in west downtown. Finding ways to encourage more businesses to open. Making the city more friendly for bicyclists and pedestrians.

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. But what about a resolution for your city?

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Dearborn to make it an even better place to live?

Whether it's totally obtainable or a little unorthodox, we want to hear your Dearborn improvement ideas for the new year.

Tell us in the comment section below or post a blog about why you love living here—or what could make you love it just a little bit more.

laplateau January 02, 2013 at 02:25 PM
We need a lot more focus on conditions in the eat ane of town. Bitsy, I agree with you about just cleaning up. Many of the conditions in our east end business area need cleaning up. Business owners who do not shovel snow from the sidewalks in front or back of their doors and don'tr keep their exterior properly maintained should be ticketed. We have neighborhood field inspectors that do the same in residential districts. The Economic and Community Development department is responsible for our business districts but has not done what they are chartered to do in this regard. And, the city parking lots in the east end are horrible with deteriorating road surface, weeds sprouting up in the summertime, exposed and impropery maintained trash dumpsters. Just look at parking areas in the west end and compare them to what you see in the east end. The difference is eye opening and should not be tolerated. Our city leaders need to get in their cars and look at the conditions and begin to make some improvements to bring the east end up to the standards they have insisted upon in the west end!
laplateau January 02, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Also, let's bring the farmers market to the east end. I think the setting in the city hall park would be perfect. Lots of visibility, lots of room and lots of FREE parking too. Or, how bout in Ford Woods park? Again, lots of room and a lot of free parking and adjacent to a major thoroughfare. How about Art in the Park being brought to the east end. City Hall or Ford Woods park again would be perfect settings.
laplateau January 02, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Also...remember Winterfest that was held for such a short time in the east end? Let's bring it back again.
bitsy08 January 02, 2013 at 02:55 PM
What's wrong with doing the farmer's market and Art in the Park in BOTH the east and west end? Just because it's done in one doesn't mean it can't be done on another day in the other end. I think the farmers would probably love to have two venues to sell their product(s). We could also bring in the food trucks as they did last year for all these venues; not just for a dinner night. As to the farmers market, Wayne has one on Wednesdays from something like 1-7 p.m., which to me is a MUCH better time for all to be able to get to the market(s) than the times Dearborn has chosen to have theirs. I think to be good neighbors, we need to pick two days other than Wednesday. What about free music in the parks? When I lived in Royal Oak and they had free concerts in the park, so many people came. The food trucks could be there, too. Or even have Dearborn restaurants set up tents to sell food. I know Westborn was supposed to have a food truck at the last food truck gathering I went to but they weren't there. Also, craft shows. I believe that's what Art in the Park is but I would like to see a "juried" show. It seems that so much of the stuff sold is what "grannie" or "auntie" can make. I want to buy original, unique things. If we could bring in Michigan artists and artisans, it would be wonderful.
laplateau January 02, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Great ideas Bitsy! Love the idea of food trucks and restaurants bringing in food to these events. And, your idea of craft shows in the east end is wonderful as well. My mom and sister live in Clarkston and they have some great art shows in the local high school several times a year. They alway rave about the quality of items being sold there, and quite affordably as well. If we were to build it, they would come, as it was said in the movie "Field of Dreams". It seems our present administration, for some unknown reason, does not want to promote the east end nearly a much as tre west end. Their is so much more potential to be realized if only they would make the effort.

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