Wed Aug 13 09:11:38 PDT 2008
What Price for Quality of Life?
In discussing how to keep young people in and attracting young people to Topeka, you'll often hear people talk about "quality of life" issues. They say things like walking trails, a vibrant nightlife and arts performances need to be a priority, not just for young people but for families and everyone else, too. It's part of why they're pushing for developing along Topeka's riverfront. I agree I like all those things they want to see and the plans sound nice, but I wonder what price you're willing to pay for it all. The estimate from the firm hired to develop the riverfront development plan came in this week at more than $56 million. Does it make you think differently about the project? Does it make a difference if there was some sort of guarantee it wouldn't use any tax dollars? Does Topeka even have a quality of life problem? Let me know your thoughts!