Teens Reveal Their Vision for Future of Shawnee County

The visioning project for the future of Topeka and Shawnee County is leaving no rock unturned. Wednesday, Washburn University hosted a Heartland Visioning focus group for area high school students to share their ideas.

The students ranged from freshmen to seniors. They told Heartland Visioning Project leaders how they would like to see Shawnee County 10 to 15 years from now.

The students suggested more leisure activities for retired residents and vacationers, an improved image and infrastructure, and more activities, organizations and places for kids to hang out.

The kids say Topeka would be more appealing to younger residents if there were more opportunities for involvement. They said the new First Friday Art Walk program is a great example of the types of activities that would attract people to the area.

A focus group of college students met later in the afternoon to share their ideas.


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