What Would You Improve in Leesburg in 2013?

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

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

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

Is it improving traffic along Route 15? Seeing more businesses flourish downtown? Finally getting a river Crossing?

What is on your Leesburg wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here!

Jonathan Erickson January 02, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Ann if the ridership supports bus service go for it. Adding bus service funded by grants and taxpayer dollars is nothing more then a feel good drain on funds. Very similar to the Silver Line I might add. Prove to me that your bus service would be self-supporting. Get the Board to float a 3 month study with buses on the weekend . If it pays for itself then go full steam ahead. BTW you have been missed.
Erica R. Hendry January 02, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Interesting -- a good mix of ideas here. What do you think it would take for some of these things to happen? Can the town accomplish on its own, or would it have to be a county initiative? (Specifically bus and small biz incentives).
Ann January 02, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Thank you for your encouragement, Jonathan Erickson. As for a "feel good drain on funds," I wonder why you are choosing these words? Is there something wrong with providing infrastructure that makes life bearable to a grandmother who works hard for a living -- serving other residents in Town? And why is it that anyone who works hard is not paid a decent wage, capable of a dignified living? It is a moral question, not an economic one only, Jonathan. And if you disagree, then I encourage you to spend the month of January walking everywhere you go in Leesburg. Roads, traffic lights, parking garages, libraries, speed bumps, stop signs, bridges, bicycle trails, parks, etc. are ALL feel good drains on funds. Why shouldn't the working grandmother be a part of that "feel good" resource allocation? As for self-supporting -- the possibility of having businesses advertise on the buses, as sponsors plus the riders' fees plus the additional discretionary income many would have to spend in Town, by not paying to maintain an old car -- well I think it can be done. Yes.
joe brewer January 03, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Ann there is something wrong with providing infrastructure that will be under utilized. Budget constraints have to be resolved. Can you show numbers that include advertising, fares and discretionary spending that will pay for this bus service. If not tell me what programs you are willing to take money away from in order to support your bus project. Lobby the council for a 3 month trail run and see if bus service can pay for itself or do you intend to raise taxes. Feeling sorry for the grandmother who might use the bus is one thing but you have to pay for it. A drain on funds is what it is unless it can sustain itself. If the grandmother accepted the job and the wages then the problem is not mine or yours to solve with taxpayer dollars. You think it can be done? Show me the numbers, the advertisers and the bottom line costs zeroed out and I'll back it.
Jonathan Erickson January 03, 2013 at 07:51 PM


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